Blaska is so NOT running for school board
It will have to get worse before it gets better
There’s a lot of brave talk on my NextDoor neighborhood social media. My neighbors are tired of their cars being stolen; their garages being cased; of finding spent shell casings on the sidewalk; of being accosted at the shopping mall parking lot and seeing their schools swathed in red and blue flashing lights.
They say they’re going to take back their city; they’re going to march on City Hall …
… As if!
Pine Ridge, Fitchburg (Madison school district):
It is becoming a very sad society in Madison and surrounding areas. We can’t leave our garage doors open during the day, we have to be sure the car is locked, even if for only a minute. And the thieves are 12-15 year olds.
A Nakoma resident:
When are we all going to say enough is enough? We demonstrated back in the 70’s for reform maybe it is time to do it again…this time with your votes and the pen and your voices of concern that are turning to fear. We are letting juveniles terrorize the city because there are no repercussions? Time to change that law as well.
Another Nakoma resident:
I’m ready to join a march on the Square/City-County Building if others are. The Mayor and the County Board are not allocating resources to the true safety and well-being of this community. They take our votes for granted. Satya Rhodes-Conway is at the top of the list of people who have to go. What a wasted vote for me.
Talk is cheap, kiddoes!
Face facts, people! No one is going to march on city hall or Madison school headquarters unless it is Freedom Inc., Young Gifted & Black, or Progressive Dane. You can’t be bothered to show up at a public hearing.
Just last week, a recidivist 15-year-old peppers a girl with a pellet gun. Previously threatened to “kill everyone in the school.” (Channel 300 has the story.) Keeps getting suspended for things like roughing up his teachers. And he was still in school to shoot another student!
And here is Ali Muldrow, elected to the school board last April. She’s good for two more years before her term is up. She mocks citizens “who are afraid all the time, who are afraid of middle school students, who worry irrationally about their cars.”
New superintendent, spending referendum on tap
Three of the seven Madison Board of Education seats are up for the April 7, 2020, non-partisan Spring election. They are: Seats #2 Savion Castro, #6 Kate Toews, and #7 Nikki Vander Meulen. Castro is a clone of Ali Muldrow and Ananda Mirilli. Appointed to Mary Burke’s unfinished term, Castro is running for election. Mirilli, Muldrow, and Vander Meulen voted against police in schools. All three are or were Progressive Dane.
⇒ The stakes are high! The next school board will hire a new superintendent to replace the one who wrote the dense and bureaucratic Behavior Education Plan. Will it be another superintendent who race-shames teachers trying to get control of their classrooms? That school board is likely to float a referendum to permit it to spend an another $315 million (on top of a $479 million annual budget).
What does it take?
Madison School Board candidates must submit 100 valid signatures (those residing in the school district). Nominating signatures and other forms are due 5 p.m. Tuesday, January 7. for Madison school board here. That, a little common sense and a dollop of …
Blaska’s Bottom Line: It ain’t me, babe. I say a no, no, no — it ain’t me babe. It ain’t me you’re lookin’ for. (Take one last look at my school board campaign web site before it goes down.) Someone else’s turn. Not holding our breath.