Now that the April election is over and
the Madison school board is more liberal than ever
Glory, glory halleluja! A mere two days after Blaska called him out for ignoring THE central issue in the local Spring elections, former mayor Dave Cieslewicz has come to Jesus.
“Keep cops in high schools,” Citizen Dave writes in his most recent column in Isthmus, a publication where liberal-progressive-socialists go to feel good about themselves.
Educational Resource Officers have been in Madison high schools since 1997 and there’s no reason to remove them now.
Especially, Dave, when you read the daily crime report!
“Why is this even an issue?” Cieslewicz asks. “Because a small group of vocal activists in an organization called Freedom Inc. have been disrupting school board meetings calling for an end to the contract,” he answers.
School board has anti-cop majority
But it’s more than a small group. Judging from the April 2 election, it may well be a majority of Madison voters — 85% of whom have no children in Madison’s public schools. As Citizen Dave himself notes, “There may be a majority [on Madison’s Board of Education] in favor of ending a contract with the city of Madison to place one police officer in each of the district’s four high schools.”
Of the six candidates on the April 2 ballot, only this Blaska guy was unequivocal: Keep the Cops! Now that she has been elected, Ali Muldrow is coming clean. She would vote to remove school resource officers. (During the campaign, she would prevaricate by saying cops are the best ones to disarm a student — thereby acknowledging that students need disarming. And Sheriff Mahoney endorsed her! HA!) Her running mate, Ananda Mirilli, never hedged; she was full-on Cops Out!
New member Cristiana Carusi adopted the “phasing out” stance. Sure, when lions lie down with lambs, phase ‘em out. Those three join hold-over board members Nicki Vander Meulen and Kate Toews who voted No on cops. There are four, maybe five votes against right there on a seven-member board.
But there need be no vote. The previous board voted 6-0 to insert a poison pill into the proposed contract allowing the district to unilaterally reassign a police officer. They did so knowing Mike Koval would never relinquish a police chief’s prerogative to assign his sworn officers. Surely, Koval would favorably consider doing so if the district asked, but he is adamant — as any chief would be — that the decision remains his alone.
Um, who, exactly, is ‘furthering the racial divide’?
In any event, Dave, welcome to the firing line. The racists are hurling their limitless supply of hate your way. Attached to Citizen Dave’s on-line column is a comment from the censorious Kate Moran:
I continue to wonder why the Isthmus feels the need to give space to Straight White men who have had public office. … You chose to publish pieces to further racial divides in Madison, like last weeks article by Dylan Brogan, who portrayed concerned parents of color as an angry racially motivated mob and published that despite the principal, who he portrayed as a victim asking him not to publish the piece.
Total distortion. You need to read Brogan’s reporting: “Family threatens Leopold principal.” Mother and uncle were lucky not to be arrested. Moran continues:
Or publishing letters from Dave Blaska taunting local leaders of color?
For a welcome palate cleanser, reader Betsy Iverson counters: “Sorry, Freedom Inc, spend your time training youths to behave and act appropriately in in school and in public. Then you won’t need to be worried about cops in schools.”
For extra credit: Did you know the co-directors of Freedom Inc., Kabzuag Vaj and M. Adams, make $100,232 and $95,002 a year, respectively? (Well, they do, according to last year’s IRS 501(c) tax-exempt form.) Which leads to …
Blaska’s Bottom Line: So little racism, so much demand! But it pays well!