Madison school board candidates
promise equity, not education.
The only drama in Madison’s April elections is whether a trans/bi performance artist who doesn’t use a real name will be elected to the school board. Could make national news of the “Can You Believe It?!” kind. It’s the only contested race, out of three. Another triumph for the holy grail of diversity!
If the peanut gallery expects Shepherd Janeway/Joyner/-?- to restore discipline in the classroom, we’ve got a bridge in Pittsburgh to sell you.
His/her campaign website dispenses with any last name and is a model of minimalism. No bio, no policy positions!
Three years ago, the Head Groundskeeper at the Werkes squared off against a Progressive Dane cop-basher. Ali Muldrow won and promptly evicted the four minority-race school resource police officers. Result: 15 police squad cars respond with pepper spray to a massive brawl at East high school shortly after the beginning of the first post-Covid school year. Gun-toters tackled at La Follette, a fatal whacking just outside West high. Mizz Muldrow, now school board president, is unopposed. The other unopposed candidate, Nichelle Nichols, is a professional critical race theorist. (Revealed here.)
“The upcoming school board races this April are a sign, themselves,
of a school district in trouble.”— Dylan Brogan in this week’s Isthmus.
“According to most of the teachers and education advocates Isthmus interviewed for this story,” Brogan reports, “teachers have not been a priority for recent school board members. Isthmus reveals 132 teachers have quit since November; the district was able to replace only 34. Substitute teachers are getting harder to come by. Brogan quotes a district teacher:
“The students come to school and pretend to learn. Teachers come to school and pretend to teach. We are all just trying to get through the day.”
The teachers union endorsed all seven school board members. You got what your asked for.
How does one ‘remediate’ a beating?
No parent asked for the beating a 15-year-old special needs kid suffered at the hands of bullies on 01-13-22 at La Follette high school. His front teeth were knocked back into his gums. The mother tells Chris Rickert at the WI State Journal that the district never called police. A school administrator wanted to keep the assailants out of the court system; she proposed restorative justice and remediation.
Remediation? Are the assailants going to pay for their victim’s surgery? Or will an apology suffice? Is anyone asking what their “restorative justice” might entail? (The Werkes is asking the district that very question.)
Restorative justice is a key component of the district’s so-called “Behavior Education Plan.” The district admits:
“Six years ago we made a major shift … We took a step into uncharted territory. … A zero tolerance policy toward discipline … was having a disproportionate and negative effect on students of color.”
The evidence is that the district’s gain-of-function lab experiment is having a negative effect on students of ALL colors! Irony alert: Racial disparities are as gaping as ever. Black students account for 18% of the student body but 62% of suspensions.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: What do they say about “the soft bigotry of low expectations”?