‘David, while working for me, helped on countless efforts that empowered parents and improved our economy.
Be it improving school or workforce opportunities,
building a first-rate University system,
or the infrastructure necessary to support
our growing economy, David demonstrated
an ability to both communicate and listen
while seeking common ground.’
— Tommy G. Thompson
“We don’t have to listen to the police and you can’t touch us!”
If anything betrays the crisis in Madison schools, it’s this kid who — along with 15 or so of his friends — trashed a free after-school library and disrespected their classmates, their community, and themselves.
Blaska sat before the Wisconsin State Journal editorial board Thursday afternoon. So did Kaleem Caire, Ananda Mirilli, and Ali Muldrow. We faced editor John Smalley, editorial page editor Scott Milfred, cartoonist Phil Hands, and reporter Logan Wroge.
Only Blaska was firm on keeping one police officer each in Madison’s four main high schools. Kaleem equivocated, saying that he hoped one day we wouldn’t need police in our schools. Well, yeah, when the lion lays down with the lamb.
Ali Muldrow defended the social justice warriors who drove the Madison school board to shelter behind closed doors at its Feb. 25 meeting. “Civil disobedience,” she said. Yes, they were exercised by the behavior incident at Whitehorse middle school, having received only half the story.
Defending classroom chaos, Ali said she wanted students to be able to think for themselves. Hmm, seems to ol’ Blaska before kids can think they have to learn. Learning that there are consequences to bad decisions is a pretty good lesson.
Ali told the WI State Journal edit board she wanted more dance classes in our schools. Ananda Mirilli talked about dentistry for kids. Kaleem wants to reform the entire State of Wisconsin educational funding system. Blaska said he just wanted classrooms that respected their teachers, regardless of race. A good teacher is a good teacher. Listen and you might learn.
Blaska concluded by saying he would not leave the WI State Journal conference room at 1901 Fish Hatchery Road until he received their endorsement. Milfred offered to get a sleeping cot.
While I’ve got you here, see what my old boss (and a great man) Tommy G. Thompson has to say about our campaign.
Richard Brown says:
Just to let you know I have been coaching high school football at Madison East and at Memorial for the past 6 years. We need school safety!!
Stop by the Big Candidate Debate Tuesday, March 19 — 7 p.m. at East High School auditorium. I could use your support!
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