Thank you, all-powerful teachers union!

Now get your shine box!

My journalism alma mater, The Capital Times, flatters itself that it speaks truth to power, that hoary old cliché. We’ll believe it when they stop kowtowing (beautiful word) to  the all-powerful teachers union, Madison Teachers Inc.

The Emerald City’s public schools remain shuttered for classroom learning late this February 2021 even as the area’s private schools have taught children in person and in living color for most of the school year. And No One Died! MTI subscribes to the precept of never allowing a crisis to go to waste. Accordingly, MTI has a list of hostage demands the envy of Hans Gruber before returning to the classroom, including combat pay. So much for “follow the science.” More like Follow The Money. The Centers for Disease Control:

‘Opening schools for in-person learning as safely and quickly as possible, and keeping them open, is important given the many known and established benefits of in-person learning.’

But not in Madison! Consider the craven supplication in The Capital Times’ editorial headline, then swish with Listerine. Better yet, make it Maker’s Mark.

MTI does community a service by standing up for safe schools.

Oh, thank you, wondrous teachers union! Madison Metropolitan School District is trying to kill your dues-paying members and All The Little Children! but you got wise to their treachery!

Thank you, teachers union! May we have another?

But wait, there’s more! 

Wisconsin’s Democrat governor, blunt tool of the teachers union going back at least to his 10 years as the state’s superintendent of public instruction, wants to pull the rug out from under Kaleem Caire and his One City Schools, (Noble Wray, chairman of the board.)

Evers would eliminate the Office of Educational Opportunity (OEO), which authorizes independent charter schools  under the aegis of the University of Wisconsin. Former governor Scott Walker and a Republican legislature created the Office after the Madison public school district routinely put the kibosh on charters. Which it did in 2011 for Mr. Caire’s proposed Madison Prep high school.

Without the OEO, Caire would have to reapply to the Madison school board, which uses its government monopoly to discourage competition.

Blaska’s Bottom LineWe trust the Republican legislature will demur but should the OEO somehow be “disappeared,” count on The Capital Times to thank the teachers union for another “community service.”

Bonus Bottom Line for platinum subscribers only: The Capital Times, please recall, joined Freedom Inc. and MTI to expel school resource police officers from our troubled high schools. So maybe returning to the classroom isn’t safe, after all. But not because of COVID-19.

Is there any hope at all?

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67 Responses to Thank you, all-powerful teachers union!

  1. nathanemarks says:

    No one died. Except this unfortunate East High student:
    https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/madison-east-high-school-student-may-be-youngest-yet-to-die-of-covid-related-illness/article_c931d5bb-4bea-57c1-bf9a-bef5d907a058.html

    There are also reports of Kids who are now long-haulers, and teachers who have brought Covid home to their elderly parents — who died.

    But other than these folks, no biggie — right? =|

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    • fjaeckle says:

      But given the dates it appears he did not contact the disease at school, but I admit after he got it he could have carried it into the school if school was in session.

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    • David Blaska says:

      “After his death, someone at the hospital told him Isai had pneumonia related to COVID-19, Milton Morocho said. The State Journal was unable to confirm the cause of death with the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office or local public health authorities.

      “Unless we receive a record from a medical facility or medical examiner indicating that the death is due to COVID, our practice is to wait for a death certificate to confirm whether COVID was listed on the death certificate as an underlying or contributing cause of death,” said Sarah Mattes, Public Health Madison and Dane County spokeswoman”

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      • nathanemarks says:

        It’s a private medical matter. It should surprise no one that a confirmation was unavailable.

        But the point remains – a local child died from it. Local teachers and their loved ones will suffer if we open schools prematurely.

        Sir, I normally agree with your posts, at least 93.79% of them. But in this case, your contention that it’s safe to return to class – is demonstrably false.

        As for my family, we will continue wearing n95 masks outside of our home, and avoid crowded public spaces (schools, airports, restaurants), like the _ahem_ plague.

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        • Kooter says:

          I don’t think anyone claims children can’t die from Covid but the fact is the death rate with children is exceedingly low. I’ve debated with you this past year nathanemarks that the cost of these lockdowns do not justify the benefits and remain firm in that position as we see Florida flourish, private schools continue educating in person, mental health issues skyrocket, etc. Life is full of risks: mask up and hole up if that’s your thing, but stop telling others what they should do, the costs increasingly do not support it.

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        • nathanemarks says:

          Kooter — what costs? Masks are cheap.

          By all means, you go ahead and take risks with your own kids. But take your own advice — don’t tell others what they should do with theirs.

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        • Gary L. Kriewald says:

          Using your logic, we should close schools if even one kid dies from COVID. So how many kids do you suppose have died over the years from severe cases of the common flu they contracted at school? Or from playground accidents? Or for that matter from mass shootings? (Even Parkland and Columbine eventually reopened–after enhanced safety measures were put in place; by your logic, they’d still be closed.) How many kids do you think have committed suicide because of the social isolation brought on by locking up the schools? My guess is they greatly outnumber the statistically miniscule number of COVID deaths that can be traced to school attendance. No human activity or locale is completely safe all the time. The reasonable thing to do is to implement the kinds of safety measures designed to minimize the risks as much as possible; to hold out for zero risk is to play right into the hands of the self-serving twits who call themselves teachers but resist any attempt to get them to teach.

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        • nathanemarks says:

          Gary — that’s a really long post filled with, well, your opinion and not a lot of hard data. Your values are not my values.

          As I said to Kooter: go ahead, send your kids. We have avoided Covid so far at our house, and we will continue to do that for another month or two, until a vaccine is available to us. At that point, school will become an acceptable risk.

          What’s your dang hurry anyway? All of us have sacrificed greatly the last year…is it that hard to wait a few more months?

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        • Chuck Johnson says:

          It doesn’t need to be safe in the absolute sense. Only as safe as not going to school. In other words, if there is no increase in risk in going back to school then everyone should return. We just completed a large study in Wisconsin showing that being in school is just as safe as not being in school.

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        • Liberty says:

          Nathan,

          The CDC said schools can safely reopen provided they follow safety protocols. Why isn’t this enough for the teachers’ union? I thought it was all about following the science.

          I’ve read stories that children are falling behind academically, becoming depressed, some are suicidal and have even succeeded. What about these kids who are suffering?

          There’s such a thing as moderation.

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        • nathanemarks says:

          Why are we even contemplating sending kids back into a situation where “only some of them will die”? Where only some of their teachers will die? Where only some of the family members (exposed by students and teachers) will die?

          We are so close to having a vaccine. Why not wait a few more months?

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        • Liberty says:

          Nathanemarks,

          “Why are we even contemplating sending kids back into a situation where “only some of them will die”? Where only some of their teachers will die? Where only some of the family members (exposed by students and teachers) will die?”

          We ALL take a chance every time we leave the home. We ALL take chances by being born. It’s about risk analysis. The VERY REAL damage being done to students academically, emotionally, and mentally arguably outweighs the potential (and according to CDC) small chance of contracting COVID.

          “We are so close to having a vaccine. Why not wait a few more months?”

          Fauci and other bureaucrats keep changing the bar. The “flatten the curve” concept was supposed to last a couple months; we’re already a year into this thing.

          If you think they’ll announce that we can resume to normal because we’ve gotten the vax, I’m afraid you might be disappointed.

          We already have a vax thanks to Trump. The states are the ones who are mismanaging its administration.

          That said, you have a right to do what’s best for you and your family. Doesn’t mean others have to feel the exact same way you do.

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  2. Balboa says:

    “When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.” Albert Shanker

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    • George Mit says:

      Unclear he ever said that. A Google search casts doubt.

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      • georgessson says:

        George, it seems more likely than not that he made that statement:

        WIKI: “The Albert Shanker Institute… concluded that “we CANNOT demonstrate conclusively that Albert Shanker NEVER MADE this… particular statement…”

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        • George Mitchell says:

          Help. How do I stop getting messages. I know I signed up.

          On Wed, Feb 24, 2021 at 3:53 PM Blaska Policy Werkes wrote:

          > georgessson commented: “George, it seems more likely than not that he made > that statement: WIKI: “The Albert Shanker Institute… concluded that “we > CANNOT demonstrate conclusively that Albert Shanker NEVER MADE this… > particular statement…”” >

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  3. fjaeckle says:

    There is no hope. It is clear that Optics, political correctness, good intentions and platitudes are not and can not get the job done.

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    • AdamC says:

      Maybe Madison Schools need to just close permanently. Many of them were borderline failing, and filled with bullies of all ages including SJW antiwhite crusaders.

      There is always a risk of contagious deadly viruses. We will never reach 100% vaccination rates and COVID may be seasonal like the flu.

      Maybe just close all schools permanently, turn them into homeless shelters, marijuana dispensaries, legalized houses of sex trade, and/or mixed-used developments.

      And give us taxpayers back our billions for this boondoggle.

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  4. pANTIFArts says:

    Babylon Bee just broke this story-
    “Teachers Unions Say Schools Cannot Reopen Until We Are Safe From Our Kids Ever Having A Future”
    (link to site in right hand column —>>>)

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  5. Kooter says:

    That’s kinda the point, nathane, we’ve all sacrificed too much this past year. If you’re that literal in that the only cost you count is the monetary cost of a mask, it is probably better for you to stay holed up. Gary is correct and the data is out there if you want to look: economic ruin, joblessness, medical and psychiatric problems, substance abuse, domestic abuse, the list goes on and on and far outweighs any benefits these lockdowns and masks have given.

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    • nathanemarks says:

      Sure, there is a lot of data out there – a lot of hardship, loss, and missed opportunity. But the unnecessary death of 500k people far outweighs that.

      Your own value system may point you to a different conclusion…

      Ever wonder what would have happened if Trump would have mandated that everyone start wearing a mask last April? (My bet is that we’d have been back to *normal* by July.)

      But hey, why go with an easy/cheap/proven solution — when it can instead be turned into a political pissing match?

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      • nathanemarks says:

        *n95 Masks. Not a bandana.

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      • Chuck johnson says:

        Trump nor Biden have the authority to mandate that we all wear masks. Public health enforcement authority is at the state and county level.

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      • madisonexpat says:

        nathane ‘Never miss a chance to channel your inner totalitarian.’

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        • nathanemarks says:

          madisonexpat — never miss a chance for an ad hominem attack to troll people with ideas different than your own.

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      • chuck johnson says:

        I find the term “unnecessary deaths” rather humorous. It implies that under better circumstances we would only have necessary deaths. What circumstances would these be Nathan? The only circumstance I can think of is actual war. We certainly have had a lot of unfortunate death during this pandemic. That number totaled 3.1 million in 2020. The term “unnecessary deaths” was coined by the left to bludgeon the Trump administration with.

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        • nathanemarks says:

          In my opinion, every death after March 21st, 2020 (including Covid-related suicides, and those who did not get proper care because of overtaxed health-care resources) count as unnecessary.

          Why is that my opinion? The moment every one of us begins wearing an n95 mask (a minor inconvenience) – the virus stops spreading within 3 weeks.

          For the life of me – I can’t understand why people (including you) make this out to be a Left/Right political issue. Caring about your neighbors is apolitical. It is also humane and patriotic.

          Having the Federal Government supply a few billion masks — is a helluva lot cheaper than propping-up the economy for a year (and counting). It gets our kids safely back to school. It gets our economy opened-up. It gets our grandparents out of hiding.

          It is such a simple and cheap solution. And it could have prevented so many unnecessary deaths.

          It still can.

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  6. georgessson says:

    Nathan, Yer on a roll, one argument after another. However, best get used to the sound of one hand clapping. Because actually, you’re the person without hard facts, voicing mere opinions, and who’s ignoring current science. Further -It’s NOT a whizzin’ contest; these kids need in-person schooling desperately. Your fervor is acknowledged, now let’s get back to realities.

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    • nathanemarks says:

      LOL — it’s something I’m passionate about!

      I’ll take your bait: where exactly did I quote something that wasn’t a fact? I stated (in contravention to Mr. Blaska’s faulty assertion):

      – Kids are affected adversely
      – Teachers are affected adversely

      And Also:
      – Lots of people have died unnecessarily
      – Masks are a proxy for herd-immunity

      ….none of this is “mere opinion”.

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  7. Kooter says:

    Flip it around: 500,000 deaths DESPITE all the mandates and lock downs doesn’t lend a whole lotta credibility, does it? I normally point out at this time the size of a virus compared to the gaps in your typical mask, but the analogy of “trying to stop a mosquito with chicken wire” provides a good image. I just looked at Wisconsin’s covid report: 6,342 deaths out of 561,000 positive cases for a total mortality rate of 1.1%. I can guarantee the combined mortality of all the other costs I’ve previously mentioned sums to far greater than that. How can you logically refute that?

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    • nathanemarks says:

      Kooter — 500k deaths despite mandates. And where do you suppose we’d be without them? 1Mil? If 500k with lockdowns is bad, how can you argue that we should not have locked-down?

      I know that I failed to mention “n95” in every instance above….but they are all that I’ve used for 13 mos. They are my reference point for this discussion.

      It’s a travesty that Trump didn’t use the Defense Prod Act to require manufacturing of a few billion n95 masks last year. Had he done that — we could have opened everything back up by Summer.

      Instead we had a political circle-jerk with maskers/anti-maskers fighting, untold suffering, and a damaged economy. It was all SO EASY to avoid….

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      • georgessson says:

        Nathan, Methinks yer actual agenda here is more about who to blame -or which party… I’m not buying into it, pal. Keep diggin’ that hole by yerself -I’m O-U-T.

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        • nathanemarks says:

          My agenda is keeping my community safe. I despise both Dems/Repubs equally.

          I don’t need a party — I can think for myself.

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  8. Kooter says:

    For a guy who claims he’s a “science guy”, you sure throw around a lot of unsupported opinions. The factual data on masking to prevent viral infections is not robust at all and open to debate. Face it, you cannot argue against my points logically.

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  9. White Hills says:

    Watch the mmsd re-opening protocol videos on YouTube. The new state covid mandates are reminiscent of how prisons are run. Is this what parents want? We certainly weren’t consulted. The demands of the teacher’s union received precedence.

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    • AdamC says:

      Private schools in Madison have been open since last September with no known problems. Large school districts outside Dane County have been open for in-person instruction too.

      What exactly have the hundreds of highly paid Madison district administrators have been doing for the past year? It seems like they are way behind almost every other school district in Wisconsin along with the private schools.

      All that money, hundreds of millions of our taxes, and they can’t figure out how to do what thousands of schools in Wisconsin are doing successfully since last September.

      The willful negligence is staggering.

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  10. Pasco says:

    I have two children who are teachers. They volunteered to teach in person. They both agree that zoom learning is difficult and even more so for at risk kids. School districts have been promoting all students. This will be an issue for years to come if school districts continue this policy! Just left my local health club and can’t believe the number of kids there. The good and the bad! Healthy but not learning!

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  11. Good Dog,Happy Man says:

    Those who can, … do.
    Those who can’t, … teach.
    Those who won’t, … run teacher’s unions.

    If you can read this, … thank your parents.
    If you can’t read this, … thank a teacher’s union.

    Here’s the deal, McNeil, … there’s not been one single solitary case of student-to-teacher transmission of Covid in Wisconsin. Not one. Nada. Bupkiss. Zilch. Zero.

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  12. Nancy Germann says:

    Bottom line the real reason teachers don’t want to go back to in person learning for Middle and High School Students is they are scared. It’s not the virus that has them scared, that’s just a lame excuse. No Resource Officers in school, no plan in place to address the mayhem that will occur when those doors are opened. There were over the top behavior problems when the schools shut their doors almost a year ago. You reap what you sow. Right Dave Blaska. This is what happens when voters don’t pay attention to Elections they don’t think matter like School Boards. Freedom Inc is in control of the School Board and the Teachers with their “my way or highway rule of law”. Interesting times ahead…

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  13. Bill says:

    Again, I’m a 60+ year old male with underlying major medical issues and work in a health care clinic in downtown Mad town. The clinic I work at deals with people from all walks of life to include those who are on Badger Care all the way up to corporate executives. Been exposed to all those people and I still haven’t had, don’t have covid as of this moment. Been there almost every day since Covid hit. Couple of observations about the conversation:

    1. Nationally, just how many of the 500+ thousand deaths from covid are really JUST from covid and no other co-morbidity factors?
    2. How many of those 500+ thousand deaths were deaths caused by governors like democrat Andrew Cuomo of New York who stuck covid positive patients in nursing homes, infecting the already sick and dying nursing home patients with covid and then allowing them to die?
    3. When those nursing home patients in New York died as a result of the policies of governor Cuomo, did the state list cause of death as just covid or did it list it as a co-morbidity factor. (Hint, when you’re 90+ and are already dying of other health care issues, a simple cold can take you out.)
    4. How many teachers of other public school districts in Wisconsin who are teaching IN the class rooms of schools that are OPEN have been sick with, or died from covid?
    5. How many Private and Parochial School teachers in Wisconsin who are teaching IN the class rooms of the Parochial schools that are OPEN have been sick with, or died from covid?
    6. How many of the loved ones of those teachers who continue to work in schools that are OPEN have been sick with, or died from covid?
    7. How many kid’s in either of those, public or private and parochial schools have been sick with, or died from covid?
    8. Have ALL other reasons why a teacher or child in the City of Madison School District could get covid been ruled out completely? Reasons like: Going to the store, using public transportation, in person hanging out with your friends, in person living at home with your family? (Hint: Unless your a hermit living in a cave in some remote part of the world, you are exposed to other people who might test covid positive.)
    9. If you compare student deaths in pre-covid times to now; in the time the Madison school district has been closed to in school learning, how many kids have injured or died from suicidal behavior that caused their injuries or death?
    10. If you compare crime in pre-covid times to now; in the time the Madison school district has been closed to in school learning, what is the increase or decrease in crimes committed by young people who are enrolled in the Madison school district?

    I would like some answers to those questions. I would think that once they are answered we could all agree that opening the schools back up to the students would be in the best interest of the students as well as everyone else.

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    • AdamC says:

      Is it accurate to say the vast majority of COVID deaths are in people over age 70 and people over age 50 who also had one or more serious existing health conditions (i.e. lung disease, respiratory illness, etc.)?

      What Cuomo did in NYS was deadly and at minimum borderline criminal.

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      • madisonexpat says:

        Why aren’t the drug addict/homeless/HIV sufferers dying in droves? Why not the many thousand 80 and up in The Villages in N. Fla. Why not everyone in the “super spreader” events we often see?
        Why no other flu deaths this year?
        Because we’re being played.

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  14. Balboa says:

    So our President in his Milwaukee Townhall, stood up and told a child with mother(assumed gender) that she will be just fine to go to school and she will be just fine. He is man of “science” as well so we have to follow “the science”

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  15. Kooter says:

    Nathane, I posted 4 links last night which encompass multiple studies supporting my view that masks are equivocal at preventing viral infections. The response I got was something along lines that I needed to be verified before they would post, so not sure what’s up. Will try and post again latet today.

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    • nathanemarks says:

      I read through your links. And, exactly as I predicted you provided information on why cloth masks are worthless, and I agree with that.

      I took care to frame my argument for using n95 masks. Which if worn by every one of us, is a proxy for herd immunity.

      Had Trump used the Defense Production Act to produce a few trillion masks in Spring 2020, and had legislation been passed to require universal compliance — our economy would have been opened back up by Summer.

      A cheap, easy, readily available, common-sense solution would have prevented months/years of suffering and a half-million dead.

      “Oh, I have the right to not wear a face diaper!!!” Shut up with that shit. 500k people have the right to be alive right now. Kids had the right to get back to school last fall. Restaurant and Bar Owners had the right to keep their doors open.

      When the good of our society as a whole, depends on individuals wearing a mask for a few months (and that’s ALL it would have taken to get it under control), then shut up and wear the mask.

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      • Kooter says:

        Wrong, there are several references to surgical masks, not just cloth masks. Bottom line (for me): there is enough info supporting AND negating masks for the prevention of viral transmission to say no one really knows. Therefore, IMO, wear ’em if you want, but dont mandate them on others.
        Your TDS is pretty severe and clearly beyond the scope of my expertise. Maybe double masking would help?

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        • nathanemarks says:

          I am not sure if you are being willfully-ignorant of what I wrote, or what your deal is. Take your blinders off and read this next sentence: A surgical mask is NOT the same thing as an n95 mask.

          There are many, many robust and compelling studies indicating that n95 stops virus transmission. They are a 95-98% solution depending on the study. I mean, why do you think they are the standard for healthcare workers right now?

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  16. Liberty says:

    “Evers would eliminate the Office of Educational Opportunity (OEO), which authorizes independent charter schools under the aegis of the University of Wisconsin . . .Without the OEO, Caire would have to reapply to the Madison school board, which uses its government monopoly to discourage competition.”

    I love the idea of independent charter schools, and I so want Black & underprivileged students to excel and not be held back by substandard public education.

    Still, I can’t trust him after that art incident last summer and I’m not crazy about Noble Wray, either.

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