It’s time to panic!
The gray lab coats at the Policy Werkes tore their ears off the freezing cold train tracks this morning to report that nothing new is coming this a-way. The change train that visited Virginia, New York City, and Seattle ain’t stopping at the Emerald City.
Neighbors here on the SW side are outraged that the so-called safety coordinator for our public schools blows off police trying to track down kids showing off their illegal firearms in a stolen car a block away from Madison East high school. Doesn’t return their phone calls. Refuses to share photographic evidence with staff who might be able to prevent harm and hurt. (Related here.)
“I fully expect that administrators are held accountable for their actions,” one neighbor demanded. New to Madison, are we?
That’s the problem. Administrators ARE accountable to the elected school board which has made known its antipathy toward safety in myriad ways. Expelling police from our troubled high schools in June 2020 was only the final battle in the progressive war on discipline, fought in the name of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
In other words, Madison schools’ safety un-coordinator is doing exactly what this school board expects. Three of the 7 school board seats are on the ballot this spring; deadline for declaring candidacy is 5 p.m. Tuesday Jan 4. (See sidebar at right for more info.) Two days hence. Based on the candidates who have already announced, we can expect more of the same.
No one is challenging school board President Ali Muldrow. Only one candidate has announced for the seat held by Ananda Mirilli (a DPI equity bureaucrat). That would be Nichelle Nichols, who performed equity for pay for the Madison Metro School District. Her current job: system leader at the National Equity Project.
Nichelle Nichols’ National Equity Project
‘Our current systems perpetuate inequity by design.’ — Nichelle Nichols’ National Equity Project
“While we are not explicitly teaching or promoting CRT curriculum, … It is critically important that we learn about how race, racism, and bias of all forms have shaped and continue to influence decision making in every area of schooling including the curriculum we select, who we hire, how we think about and implement discipline policies.” — National Equity Project
Yeah, that’s critical race theory to a T.
Two are running to replace Christina Carusi. Shepherd Joyner is described as “a trans, nonbinary teaching artist.” That’s not even her real name; it’s Shepherd Janeway but, somehow, will be listed as Joyner on the ballot. Excuse us, the preferred pronoun in this case is “they.”
“They” entered the race after another candidate declared in favor of two genders. That candidate got a whiff of progressive grapeshot and backed out just a week later. They is a community organizer. Janeway/Joyner’s priority is to kowtow to the teachers union. “I want to make sure that the school board maintains a healthy relationship with the teachers union,” according to Channel 3000.
The other candidate for the Carusi seat is Laura Simkin. Her campaign website declares:
Issues that are dear to me are: diversity, equity and inclusion; safety in our schools; retention experienced teachers [sic]; curriculum that is challenging for all students; early childhood education systems and funding.
We’re asking if “safety” includes restoring school resource police officers. Look for updates.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Like the lottery, you can’t win if you don’t play. Kvetch all you want for the next two years because you’ll have plenty of reason.