Send in the National Guard; Milwaukee schools are a disaster
The unemployment number for the month of April is out and it is an astoundingly low, can-you-believe it 2.8%. This is in territory called “full employment,” people.
Democrats are no longer taunting “Where are the jobs?” Instead, they are reduced to trotting out the occasional statistic favoring Minnesota. They won’t tell you that both houses of that state’s legislature are Republican.
Even so, Republicans we know insist that Scott Walker cannot rest on his laurels. Elections are about “what are you going to do for me tomorrow?” more than “what did you do for me yesterday?”
What we have here, Tony, is failure to act
They, we, and us are encouraging the governor to “Go Big!” Nothing is bigger than a complete takeover of Milwaukee’s failing public school system. Lockers, teachers, and rusted basketball hoops.
Walker is already jabbing his most likely fall opponent with the issue. Walker is gigging state schools superintendent Tony Evers for not exercising his legislature-granted power to take over Milwaukee’s failed public school system. Appearing on WISN’s “UpFront with Mike Gousha” program, Walker suggested he would.
“If the superintendent’s not willing to do that, then I think there are probably other things we could look at. Maybe we should shake things up a bit.” — Scott Walker
Shake it up baby, now. Twist and shout!
Walker knows that Evers cannot risk alienating his base, that being the teachers union. Walker understands that Milwaukee cannot succeed if its public schools keep failing its 76,583 students. Talk about root causes!
MPS scores 56.0 out of a possible 100 on the Department of Public Instruction’s own report card, meaning “meets few expectations.” Second lowest in the state, a smidgeon ahead of tiny New Lisbon’s school district, enrollment 646. (Madison public schools score 66.4 — “meets expectations.” Hartland-Lakeside scored the highest at 96.9.)
Another reason to safeguard Milwaukee’s 26,000 economically disadvantaged children who attend private voucher schools. Yet, the nine leading Democrats want to end the voucher program. What might be their solution to Milwaukee’s failed schools? Our guess is MORE MONEY for the teachers union!
The sorry tale of the tape
Over half (55%) Milwaukee students are deficient in mathematics compared to 25% deficient statewide. (Of course, Milwaukee’s large enrollment — 11% of the statewide total — helps pull down the overall benchmark.) In English language skills, 47% of Milwaukee students are deficient compared to 21% statewide. Only 61% graduate in four years; 71% graduate after six years
To make matters even more desperate, MPS is facing a $177 million deficit even though the State is funneling an extra $31 million over two years. “Funding from the state is not the issue,” Walker said.
For extra credit: If 90% of choice students in Milwaukee and Racine were moved back into public schools, it would cut state aid to the remaining statewide school districts by $70 million and hike property taxes by $66 million. So reports struggling young writer Christian Schneider.
For a master’s degree: How Obama’s Justice Department weaponized Wisconsin’s anti-voucher zealots. Rick Esenberg and C.J. Szafir in the Weekly Standard.
Led by Tom Perez, the current chairman of the Democratic National Committee and [at the time] the head of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, the probe sought to destroy a program that had long provided a lifeline to poor, mostly minority children.
Taking over Milwaukee’s public schools would galvanize Republican and independent voters. Because Walker would need legislative approval, the issue would re-elect a Republican legislature. Big and bold would also captivate the national news media.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: It’s good policy, smart politics, AND a breath mint!
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