To get their attention on Nov. 3!
Another election is approaching, which means the Madison school district has its hands out for more money. Time to do like Sister Mary Rosaria and slap that hand with a steel-edge ruler!
The Madison Metropolitan School District seeks a one-time infusion of $317 million to fix stuff, buy a new boiler, etc. (Let’s hope they get a Menard’s BIG® card for savings on gasoline at Kwik Trip.) Got to think spending on bricks and mortar will be a hard sell when buildings have been empty since March and won’t fill back up until after Christmas — if then! Distance learning, home schooling — once the hobgoblin of the teachers union — is now the new normal. And can’t MMSD ever schedule maintenance?!
The schools also want to blow past state revenue limits by $33 million forever and a day. What they’ll spend this money on, not even Ali Muldrow knows for sure. Add it up, class, and you get $350 million, which will cost the average homeowner $470 in property taxes. It’s “one of the most expensive ballot proposals in state history,” according to former mayor Dave Cieslewicz. At a time when many businesses are shuttered and workers on layoff or unpaid furlough!
⇒ The indentured servants at Stately Blaska Manor, the unlettered field hands at Blaska Experimental Work Farm (and Penal Colony), and the gray lab coats at the Policy Werkes have been instructed to vote NO! on the two Madison public school referenda on the ballot November 3.
Vote NO Confidence!
Frankly, we’re not pleased with MMSD’s product. Madison parents may already be voting with their feet. City schools hemorrhaged 1,006 students — a 3.7% drop. MMSD has/is:
- Preaching from the discredited 1619 Project that America is inherently racist.
- Encouraged kids to question their sexual orientation without parents knowing.
- Dumbing down the grading system.
- Spinning their wheels on the racial achievement gap, and most egregiously
- Capitulated to the harassment and vandalism of social justice warriors to expel — not the troublemakers — but the police!
⇒ Why is anyone surprised that the chaos in the classroom is now playing out in stolen car shoot-outs on Madison’s boarded-up streets?
Madison is enduring a teenager crime wave. Kids as young as 12 years old are stealing cars in record numbers and running them into houses. Killing each other in high-speed shootouts — an innocent 11-year-old girl is dead as a result. Executing a beloved physician and her husband at point-blank range. Careening 91 mph on a city street dead-on into a promising young scholar, killing him and seriously injuring his honors-student passenger.
Deplore this failed school board candidate as you will. Perhaps former mayor Cieslewicz retains some credibility. He writes in Isthmus:
I don’t like the direction of this school board … Their decision to eliminate school resource officers in the four high schools, and to do so before they had any plan regarding how to ensure school safety without them, was irresponsible. … The overall morale of teachers and administrators is low in large part because the administration fails to back them up in disciplinary issues. Nobody can learn in a chaotic environment.
Cieslewicz reminds us that Black leaders came out against the referenda early. They note that 90% of Black students still can’t read or do math at grade level, despite all Jennifer Cheatham’s new age nostrums.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: If enough of us vote No! perhaps the Madison school board will listen to Madison instead of the bullies at Freedom Inc.