They might be Republicans!
News bias alert: if someone is “railing against” something, it’s a conservative opposing the progressive agenda. Democrats criticize, Republicans rail. A Sunday “news story” uses the term to pillory parents concerned about the direction of their schools.
Finally, conservative parents are engaged as they are enraged! They’re running for school board! Maybe not in Madison, but places like Lodi, Mt. Horeb, and Mequon. Which is a problem for the Wisconsin State Journal in a story headlined “School board races get political.”
Nothing to see here
Issues like Covid lockdowns (ineffective), critical race theory, and classroom chaos are “pretty disconnected from the reality of being a school board member.” Huh?! So says the UW-Oshkosh professor selected to confirm the State Journal’s slant. What a bunch of rubes! Chasing a boogeyman! The State Journal declares as fact a contention never attributed:
Critical Race Theory [is] an academic framework that focuses on racism embedded in the nation’s laws and institutions and isn’t taught in any of Wisconsin’s K-12 schools.
“If it’s not critical race theory, it’s critical race theory-lite,” Columbia University professor John McWhorter counters in the New York Times. McWhorter (himself a black man) is the author of Woke Racism; “How a new religion has betrayed black America.”
“Make no mistake, they’re coming for your kids,” McWhorter warns. Biden’s attorney general sicced the FBI on parents who fight back.
After the Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty verdict in Kenosha, WI School Superintendent Jill Underly played the CRT race card: “This case is a blatant example of the injustice that we see in our communities, in our laws and policies, in our policing, and in our judicial system.” You don’t think that bias trickles down into the classroom?
District officials acknowledge that the NY Times’ 1619 Project is used in Madison classrooms. Jennifer Cheatham wasn’t CRT?!!!
Ban cops and conservatives from our schools!
Having conquered classrooms from pre-K to graduate school, the Left won’t give up without a fight. UW-Madison professor Barry Burden warns: “It looks like the Republican party is … creat[ing] a pipeline of people who might seek higher office.” Proof: Sen. Ron Johnson — the bete noir of all right-thinking progressives — is actually encouraging citizens to run for local office!
More yikes! — La Crosse Republicans campaigned for an assistant police chief! Some would welcome the election of a cop to the school board. Madison’s school board is the playground of community organizers, race-guilt trainers like Nichelle Nichols, and BLM performance artists.
Left unexplored is Dane County Democrats’ All-In for non-partisan candidates like Madison school board president Ali Muldrow. Or AFSCME or the teachers union — both adjuncts of the Democrat(ic) party.
There could be only five progressives in your small town;
four of them will serve on the school board.
You see the problem: school boards have been a closed shop for partisan Democrats like Madison’s Mary Burke, who ran for governor against Scott Walker, and Becky Young, who went on to the State Assembly. Tony Evers, anyone? Democrats are still smarting from Republican Glenn Youngkin’s victory in Virginia, where 62% of voters considered school curriculums on race and history a major factor. The Democrat(ic) candidate lost largely because he told parents to mind their own damn business. Like this UW-Oshkosh professor quoted Sunday:
“While more civic engagement is always welcome, politicizing such historically non-partisan races threatens to make governing more difficult.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: In other words, shut up and sit down, parents. You’re making governing more difficult.