Is it safe?
First get rid of the police, then figure out how to make schools safe. That’s Madison’s mad formula for its public schools, courtesy of Freedom Inc. and Progressive Dane (and its amen corner at The Capital Times). Parents, not so much.
After booting the school resource police officers last Spring the board began studying What Do We Do Now?! The school safety committee has issued its recommendations. They amount to creating another committee to do what the first committee could not. The lead recommendation:
- Create a superintendent advisory committee to develop a plan to enhance youth and community roles in school safety.
That’s called kicking the can down the road. But wait, there’s more, said the TV infomercial pitchman (with the Werkes’ commentary):
- A 3 to 5-year plan to implement holistic restorative justice. (Translation: Tomorrow! Tomorrow!) (“Holistic”? How about organic, as well?)
- Hire two more restorative justice workers. (Can anyone define, exactly, what IS “restorative justice”?)
- “Dedicated spaces” to support student mental health. (Could do worse than a giant sand box, pail and shovel. For the teachers!)
- Yet another advisory group of community members, kids, and families.
- Write up a big report every time schools call in the cops. (A tacit admission that police will continue to be called to schools — but they won’t be familiar with the kids like the school resource officers were.)
- Smaller class size. (A sop to the teachers union but the $350 million referendum approved November 3 won’t pay for that.)
- Continued trying to find and keep Black teachers. (Keep doing what isn’t working and doesn’t really matter. Good teachers are good teachers.)
- Hire more support staff. (Another sop …)
Blaska’s Bottom Line: We can be thankful that Madison’s public schools are empty as A.O.C.’s brain (contrary to the advice of health experts). Instead, the chaos is playing out on the streets for everyone to see.
Two school board seats are open. One is Savion Castro, chairman of the committee that recommended the dithering detailed above. He is a candidate for a full term. The other is that of school board president Gloria Reyes, who is not seeking re-election. Maia Pearson has announced for that seat. She’s at least as “Woke” as members Ali Muldrow and Ananda Mirilli (Progressive Dane). Check our sidebar to learn how you can run.