You can run, Madison school board; but can you hide?
We see that the Madison Board of Education is going to take its show on the road next Monday, April 29, in a desperate attempt to evade the F-bombing mob that disrupts their every meeting.
They’re hoping that the race-baiters can’t find Chavez school, 3502 Maple Grove Drive, Madison, WI 53719. (Starting with a “meet and greet” at 5:15 p.m.) That’s on the outskirts of Verona! About as far as one can get from Doyle Administration on W. Dayton Street and still be in the MMSD!
Maybe Freedom Inc. and Young, Gifted & Stupid don’t have GPS. Or that they won’t rent a bus to get there. If they did, would it be the crazy bus? After all, why should they obey the rules of the road? The crazy bus will lurch all over the road, the sidewalks, and front lawns of the white supremacists and their “Everyone is Welcome” signs in three languages. The crazy bus will break the speed limit, then block traffic at will.
The cops won’t stop them because Monica Adams, Bianca Gomez, Brandi Grayson, Nino Rodriguez, Amelia Royko-Maurer et al don’t trust the police.
Here’s an idea: camouflage Chavez elementary school! Put up a sign that says “Police Station.” Park a couple squad cars out in front.
Last time at this news stand we praised Greg Humphrey a profile in courage for posting a “Blaska for Safer Schools” sign on his turf in the Marquette/Williamson neighborhood, right in the heart of Bernie Sanders nation.
(Greg, you’re too hard on “We Support the Madison Police.” It’s not their fault that too many on your side of the fence demonize law enforcement. You got to understand that Madison’s crazies are driving people into the arms of people like … well, Blaska!)
Would that there have been a few more courageous citizens. These names come to mind for lack of courage:
Dave Cieslewicz. The former mayor has condemned identity politics on his Isthmus column; he could have spoken up.
The Madison police union considered endorsing Blaska because he is the only candidate on the local ballot who speaks out for the police. But the union chickened out. Worse, the unionized cops endorsed Satya Rhodes-Conway, Progressive Dane, for mayor! She subscribes to every shackle the Berkeley consultants propose placing on police!
Madison Teachers Inc. None of the candidates you endorsed pleaded for patience until the police finished their investigation into the Whitehorse middle school incident. Instead, those candidates acquiesced with their silence as the superintendent and school board president Mary Burke threw “Mr. Rob” under the school bus and forced his resignation without once getting his side or the many witnesses who took his side, including the other students.
Sheriff David Mahoney foolishly endorsed Ali Muldrow even before the candidate filing deadline. Muldrow, of course, wrote Progressive Dane’s cops-out-of-schools manifesto. Mahoney is
either a fool or and a shill.
The Madison Chamber of Commerce. No, Blaska did not make a direct appeal to these guys but at some point they’re going to have to jump in the mosh pit to save our schools.
Wisconsin State Journal for their non-endorsement for Seat #4. The edit page acknowledged “Blaska is right that a police officer should stay in each main high school to promote safety, and that disruptive students should be accountable for their actions. But he goes out of his way to provoke Madison liberals and score political points, while offering few solutions.”
Few solutions? Blaska was the only candidate on the April 2 ballot who strongly advocated:
- abolishing the Behavior Education Plan;
- returning control of the classroom to teachers, and
- keeping cops in the schools.
All as the most effective way to ending the racial achievement gap and to allow teachers to teach and kids who want to learn to succeed.
Blaska also promoted more school district charters, whether instrumentality or not.
Yeah, all that was a provocation to Madison liberals. These are things MMSD can actually control and would have profound impact. Ask yourself this: what solutions did any of the other candidates propose? … Still waiting. … Other than Ali Muldrow’s dance classes for seventh graders? No, I can’t, either.
‘Behavior plan sets up kids for failure’
So, all seven members of the Madison Board of Education are buying in to Jen Cheatham’s Behavior Education Plan. The BEP is both symptom and cause of classroom disruption.
Interesting comments on the Isthmus website where Dylan Brogan broke the story about the Leopold elementary school incident.
The plan for the BEP is to just let children do what they want, and that literally reinforces the school-to-prison pipeline, because in the real world, doing whatever you want can land you right in jail. Children need boundaries, love, support and education that focuses on the whole child. MMSD, what is your plan for teaching kids how to come back from a negative experience and make it right? …
I ask you, are teachers racist, or does the BEP set kids of color up for failure? The BEP was the worst thing to happen to kids of color: do what you want, learn nothing in academics, get further behind your peers, spend your time roaming the building, restore nothing … — Sara
Leopold is not the only school where children who repeatedly wreck classrooms, use foul language daily, and feel free to not only curse, but also hit, spit at and push teachers. A brave journalist like Dylan [Brogan] should spend a day in a Head Start Center where, out of the mouths of three- and four-year olds, the F bomb flies and one of the favorite names for a teacher is “bitch ass.” Go to an elementary or middle school and watch children of all ages feel free to say, “I can do what I want and you can’t touch me.” — Ana
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Would that teachers and students be able to run from chaos in their classrooms like the school board runs from its own meeting place. How about, Madison school board, you set an example and run an orderly meeting by insisting on discipline even if it means calling in the police.