“Well boys, we’ve got three engines out, we’ve got more holes in us than a horse trader’s mule, the radio’s gone and we’re leaking fuel
and if we was flying any lower, why we’d need sleigh bells on this thing.”
Stole every movie in which he appeared, from Blazing Saddles to Dr. Strangelove. Could just as well describe our election choices here in the Emerald City for the (officially) non-partisan April 5 election. Slim Pickens.
As we have been reporting, three Madison school board seats are up but only four candidates. In two of them, critical race theorist Nichelle Nichols is unopposed for the Ananda Mirilli seat; school board president Ali Muldrow also is unopposed.
Laura Simkin Shepherd … ?
The one contest is for the seat being vacated by Cris Carusi. Candidate Shepherd Joyner / Janeway describes “themself” as “a bi-racial albino.” (“Their” Facebook page dispenses with the uncertain last name.) The other candidate 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.
The Werkes asked Ms. Simkin if “safety” includes restoring school resource police officers. By gawd, she actually responded!
Laura Simkin: Hi, David. I’m researching the subject now so I can develop an informed opinion. Would you like to share your thoughts on returning the SROs to the schools?
Blaska: It’s been a huge issue for years now and you are running for school board. I don’t mean to alienate you from the get-go but would I be wrong to regard your answer as something of a dodge?
Simkin: I am sincere in my response. I am familiar with two basic stances the community has taken regarding the SROs. I’m looking for data that compares school safety issues before and after their removal from the schools. I’m looking for more information on the positions of teachers, along with how the SROs tie into the safety plan. Additionally, I’m looking for more information on how many and what types of unfilled staffing positions we have for individuals who were supposed to take the place of the role of the SROs in the schools. Finally, I’ve started looking at police reports connected to the high schools.
Blaska: Credit for research but wonder if you aren’t missing the forest for the trees. The ultimate answer is an entire change in attitude. That ALL children thrive in discipline. Indeed, “discipline” is defined as “activity, exercise or a regimen that develops or improves a skill.” When I ran for school board 3 years ago I pledged to return discipline to teachers in their classroom and principals in their schools. Now, teachers are afraid to say “Boo.”
Via her website, the candidate states: “I look forward to our journey of running for school board, to get to know you and hear what’s important to you and your children in their education in our Madison schools.” Take her up on it via the e-mail address provided.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Could be fun!