Even school nurses want cops in schools!
So why isn’t it happening? We explain
Last week on her show, Our Ms. Vicki McKenna credited Blaska for possessing at least a pico-curie of courage in running for political office in the Emerald City.
What can one say but, Aw Shucks!? Which is what Blaska did say as producer Dave McCann cued up the exit music.
It continues to amaze the white lab coats here at the Policy Werkes that this old conservative war horse got 21,230 votes in a city that can’t even elect Kaleem Caire to the Madison school board. Remarkable that this admitted Republican got 30% of the vote in a town that turned out Paul Soglin in favor of a Progressive Dane candidate that checked off scads of boxes on the identity politics checklist.
I do thank the many well wishers who praised Blaska for braving the taunts of “white supremacist” for calling for cops in our troubled schools and discipline in the classroom.
We ran for Madison school board to begin a conversation of returning to common sense basics — that being: if the school board cannot keep order at its meetings, imagine the chaos in the classroom! Kids can’t learn in a chaotic classroom.
But if you want the Policy Werkes’ nomination for Courage Under Political Fire, read the name of Greg Humphrey. Greg is an openly gay man living on Madison’s isthmus in the Wil-Mar neighborhood represented by Ald. Marsha Rummel, Progressive Dane.
Early on, the proprietor of the Caffeinated Politics blog backed Blaska’s candidacy. What’s more, he stuck a Blaska campaign yard sign in his front lawn, within sight of Lake Monona. He did something that a great many other liberals told the candidate personally that they wanted to do — “but my neighbors would …”
‘The quiet voices’
That was a conversation starter, as Greg reports in this blog:
[A neighbor] walks by with regularity and wanted me to know the placement of a David Blaska lawn sign for the recent school board election sent a message to others. She was aware I blog and that no one can call me reticent about sharing views. As we talked she noted what I hear repeatedly. Many do not wish to take stands about issues or personalities that can, at times, run counter to the prevailing views in Madison. So seeing a sign on my lawn for a conservative allowed her to have conversations with family and friends about matters that otherwise may not have had occasion to be started. … she was glad other liberals were not shy about stepping up and saying what others needed to hear.
I had dinner with a lovely couple a few days ago. One was a teacher who spoke candidly about the needs of the classroom and the disconnect with school administration. Catering to the loudest ones in the city is not helping kids who need the most attention, that was the message delivered as dessert was served.
… another teacher expressed to me that most people have no idea what it takes to get a classroom ready to just be calm enough to teach – even for a few minutes. Just more examples of the quiet voices in our city.
What I do know with certainty regards the fact there are many quiet voices in our city.
School nurses speak out!
It is gratifying that the school nurses are stepping up to say the same (albeit after the election!):
“Despite the public perception being put forth, our (school police officers) offer heart, not hurt. It is difficult to imagine doing our work without the support of the school police officers.
“Many staff we have spoken with will seriously consider leaving their jobs without [an officer on site].
Sadly, at least two of the three candidates elected April 2 are hostile to cops in school. Those two (Mirilli and Muldrow) replace board members who voted 4-2 to keep the cops. Even at that, the board voted 6-0 to insert a poison pill into the proposed contract that MMSD can unilaterally un-assign an SRO. They had to know that Chief Koval would never agree to relinquish control of his officers. Certainly, if the district said Officer So-and-So isn’t working out the chief would re-assigned. But no chief would never agree to a unilateral reassignment.
The Madison Board of Education can signal it wants to keep our schools safe by removing that poison pill. Instead (we predict), members will sit on their hands and blame Koval when the program ends this summer.
→ Blaska directs your attention to a change.org petition to keep police in the schools.
Coming soon: A roll call of those who, shall we say, did not evince courage.