Scott Walker, time to take over Milwaukee public schools

Send in the National Guard; Milwaukee schools are a disaster

Unemploy 2.8%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


state schools supt. Tony Evers

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

dunce_cap_michaelsOver 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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23 Responses to Scott Walker, time to take over Milwaukee public schools

  1. Tom Paine says:

    I doubt state control of MPS would change much. Scores and genuine education are reflections of the formal and informal CULTURES of each school and local neighborhood. Few understand that. It is not a case of more computers, more books, louder bells, or bigger football fields. If kids don’t want to study — and if they do not study, seriously, at home each evening, improvement will not transpire.
    Yes, increased academic rigor is necessary; Yes, discipline, self-respect, and clear penalties for bad behavior are important, too, but above all, if students do not study, they cannot learn.
    Sad fact of K-12 for years is this: There are no objective measures for minimum competencies to EARN a diploma. Worse, there are no minimum scores on objective tests for admission to colleges/higher ed. No wonder, then, why so many students must enter remedial programs in college,
    Doubt my wisdom? Interview the NHS members in any failing school and ask each of them, “Why did you succeed, while so many of your peers did not? Why did so many of them drop out?”

    Of course, you’ll never find a DPI apparatchik or a politician asking those questions. Nor have they ever been addressed by the Journal Sentinel’s education reporters.

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    • David Blaska says:

      A thoughtful response, for which I thank you. Yes, must change the culture. MPS cannot do that; it is a product of that culture. When I say take over MPS, I mean obliterate MPS, break up the schools into three, four or five operating entities, bid out the work to for-profits or non-profits like those operated or funded by the Bill & Melissa Gates Foundation. Or Eva Moskowitz.


  2. coolkevs says:

    Take over MPS? Then a ton of investigative reporters will come out of the woodwork scouring every last line item to find something the Republicans are doing wrong. Indeed it will be bold, but also generate a lot of grief.


  3. Turd Ferguson says:

    What is 3,086,094 – 2,831,223 = anyone
    oh yeah finally the long wait is over 254,871 jobs created and filled since January 2011. Slow and steady wins the race. Jobless claims under 90,000, unemployment rate 2.8% . Wait Wisconsin is doing terrible under Walker. ETF pension system is in the toilet…. nope nothing has changed still the envy of the USA. We still owe Minnesota Reciprocity taxes… nope paid back. Wi medical malpractice fund still is in the tank… nope paid that back as well. Saved tax payers 8 billion dollars over the last 8 years, yep did that also. etc. etc. etc.

    Time run on more bold ideas, break up the failed MPS, it is no longer failed. The adminstrators and unions have failed those students BIGLY. If it were truly about the kids and “greater good” then the teachers would accept the appropriate benefit cuts, administration streamlining before any taxes are raised on property taxes. Since the “Greater Good” is an old progressive term used to pull at the heart strings of people. Most teachers are progressive then they should be all for restructuring benefits if it helps the Greater Good of taxpayers.

    MPS is stuck in a 1950’s system and without major changes those kids in the largest metropolitan area might as well get used to standing in line at the welfare office, soup kitchens, court rooms, jail and prison yards. This problem was recognized under Tommy Thompson and because of bureaucratic red tape nothing has truly been done to fix the problem. It has been all window dressing by administrations and unions but nothing gets solved. When you are the problem you will never change it if it means the kind of change necessary.

    Shake it Up! ooh ooh Shake It up! ooh ohh. … The Cars.


  4. richard lesiak says:

    Send in the National Guard. HUH???


    • David Blaska says:

      Might be a hostile takeover. Teachers Union may offer resistance.


      • David Blaska says:

        Plus, you send the National Guard to disaster areas, right?


        • richard lesiak says:

          Walker can’t afford to send the guard anywhere, he’s got foxcon to pay for.


        • richard lesiak says:

          Damn right dave…. Walker has to have a donor that’s in the for profit education business. Give’em a no bid contract with no over-sight and let them go to it. That’ll show ’em.


        • David Blaska says:

          Lesiak: “Walker has to have a donor that’s in the for profit education business.”
          You mean, like Democrats have the teachers unions?


      • richard lesiak says:

        If your going to do it; do it right. Federal troops, tanks, gas. Don’t screw around, there are gym teachers in that mob that can hurt you. Lay down some barbed wire and with live ammo. Turn it into another Gaza. That’ll show the bastards.


        • David Blaska says:

          Boots on the ground. No fly zone. Perimeters secured. Razor wire. Extraordinary rendition. Gitmo on the Lake. Got to go all Gina Haspel and Dick Cheney on these people. They been sucking the life blood out of too many lost generations.


  5. madisonexpat says:

    Hey ABob, care to comment on the blue wave of Socialists in them Dem primaries?


  6. madisonexpat says:

    Poor Richard prefers education for no one’s profit, certainly not the kids, and is reduced to commenting that the Foxconn grapes must be sour.
    Stuck on stupid.


  7. madisonexpat says:

    Loving the picture of the Dems realizing that Trump bashing isn’t persuading voters, impeachment is a loser (thanks Auntie Maxine!) and looking at each other saying, ‘I don’t know. What do you want to run on?’
    Lookin’ at you, Senator Tammy.


    • AnonyBob says:

      Yet they seem to be winning elections. You have to admit, Splat, Trump is highly repugnant to, oh, I don’t know…MOST people. He sure seems to be a great motivator. To Dems.


    • AnonyBob says:

      Besides, I’m not sure what Tammy has to worry about. Mitch McConnell (who DOES follow these races rather closely) didn’t even mention Wisconsin in his list of races to watch. Major slap down to Leah. He clearly doesn’t think she’s electable.


      • madisonexpat says:

        IS there a national message either party can put forth? Seemingly not. Both are still in shock at the Washington Party fall from power and in awe of President Trump. For whom will he campaign for and against?
        Senator Tammy knows he won Wisconsin.
        Senator Feingold could not be reached for comment.


        • AnonyBob says:

          Both parties are in awe of Trump? Spoken like a (delusional) True Believer. Plenty of GOP candidates discreetly, yet definitely, don’t want to see him in their districts. GOP special election votes have declined 15-20% from his numbers. He ain’t winnin’ Wisconsin again.


  8. madisonexpat says:

    Much of their awe is fear and rightfully so. The wheels are coming off the Slo Mo Coup d’etat. Brennan, Comey and Clapper should be worried about indictments after the IG reports are issued. Ditto Loretta Lynch. Much of the Washington Party have much to fear and rightly so.
    In their hubris they bet the ranch, and their souls, on the lock Hillary would win.
    Nemesis is coming.


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