Madison public schools take parents
on a progressive guilt trip
Public schools here in overly “woke” Madison WI are shut tighter than Joe Biden’s cellar door, despite federal CDC guidance that schools should be open. (“The importance of reopening schools this fall.” — U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.)
The school board succumbed to Black Lives Matter harassment and kicked police out of its four troubled high schools while teenagers are jacking cars and shooting each other dead in running gun battles on city streets. All the while the district is asking voters for an additional $350 million to fix buildings that won’t be open any time this year.
Then it wonders why Madison parents are voting with their feet. Since the start of alternative open enrollment applications on July 1 a total of 197 parents have asked to get their kids out (and 31 from outside Madison to get in). Madison Metro School District is feeling parents’ wrath.
‘Equity’ — the pause that refreshes. Not.
Madison schools are sending parents a letter that contains this desperate appeal:
Do you support public schools but are thinking of leaving MMSD for just one year due to COVID-19 planning efforts? Consider taking an equity pause.
We’ve heard from some families that they are considering home-schooling their children in the fall or enrolling their children in private schools offering in-person learning. We understand and respect what families need to do for their children. However, we are anticipating and planning for key improvements to our virtual learning offering this fall and are asking families to consider this. … We believe that this fall students will have a virtual learning experience that is stronger, more rigorous, and more equitable than what they experienced in the spring.
The district continues its guilt-shaming:
We also want all families to know the financial impact when a student withdraws from our school district. Even a small percentage of students withdrawing makes a huge impact, not for one year but for three years. Our revenue from the state is dependent upon the number of students enrolled. … This impacts everything in our district, but especially our ability to invest in the vision in our Strategic Framework, which aims to close opportunity gaps for students and invest in hiring and maintaining high-quality staff. We know each family needs to make the best decisions for their children, but we hope you will pause to consider equity as well as our improvements to virtual learning before making a final decision.
A parent tells the Werkes: “So, apparently our kids’ future should suffer and we should keep our kids in the awful online (non)-education program they have created as a result of buckling to the teachers’ union wastes yet another school year. These people are really quite something!”
A way out of Madison’s madness
Which is why Madison parents are flocking to private schools or taking advantage of the state’s Open Enrollment Program, which allows them to send their kids to participating suburban schools. Application period for the latter ended in April but those wonderful Republicans in the state legislature (the ones Dave Zweifel hates) created a work-around called Alternative Open Enrollment. You got to come up with a good reason but Vos and Fitzgerald added this catch-all “The pupil’s parent and the nonresident and resident school districts agree that attending the nonresident school district is in the best interests of the pupil.” Follow this link to escape Madison’s madness.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Madison schools long ago put parents and kids back of the line behind progressive social engineering and feel-good virtue signaling.