Aug 31, 201601:48 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Progressive Dane has solved the problem in schools
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That’s the ironic header for a thread populated by reliably liberal participants in the online Isthmus forum. The surprise is that all 12 posters (as of noon today) agree with the first poster, who observes, “Progressive Dane, in [the] wake of increase[d] violence and security concerns in public schools, thinks [it] is a great idea to get police officers and their guns out of schools. Perhaps Konkel and her homeless friends can take the place of trained officers.”
Sure enough, the co-chair of Progressive Dane (with Sue Pastor) is taking the war on cops to the schoolhouse. They want to disarm the police, restrict their involvement, and (ultimately) remove them entirely. From Brenda’s website:
“Our members are concerned about police carrying guns in the schools … Perhaps the money would be better spent on hiring more social workers in the schools,” said Mary Anglim, Progressive Dane policy committee co-chair.
Credit: Tim Donovan
Yes, when fights break out, call in the social worker.
The PD cadres “were also concerned that the school district has no authority to require police officers to observe school rules of behavior and have no mechanism to dismiss officers who are not working out in the schools,” their communiqué asserts.
This is what Progressive Dane sees as a problem: police not obeying school rules! Are sworn and uniformed Madison police officers running in the halls? Smoking in the boys’ room? Passing notes in English class?
Back on the Isthmus forum, “Donald” asks: “Anyone think a school district isn’t going to have some sort of entity providing security in the schools? So, the question is who will provide the security and how is it to be delivered. If it isn’t the police, it is going to be a private security force or the district is going to have to equip and train its own security force.”
Forum poster David Cohen cites an eight-on-eight brawl in a school lunchroom and then notes, “The world has changed drastically in the past 25 years and, unfortunately, public schools educate a number of students who make very poor decisions. Other students should not be put at risk due to this.”
So much hate, so misdirected
Madame Brenda has a burr under her saddle when it comes to police. Police can do no right unless they disappear. Chief Mike Koval is resuming his annual listening sessions but Brenda has only snark: “Here we go again. Chief Koval will be ‘listening.’”
He will likely do more talking than listening. “Listening” will likely be limited and controlled. These are dog and pony shows for the upcoming budget. Rallying support for his next PR stunt. Since those of us with concerns are “raging lunatics” or “glory-holing nincompoops” according to our fine MPD, we will likely just be ignored. Praise for the department always welcome, he just can’t get enough. Sorry, no longer mincing words with this dude of all dudes.
(“Dude of all dudes”?) An Isthmus forum poster who goes by the moniker “Igor” asserts: “Yeah, her blog entries are all about Koval, and how much Koval sucks, and about how he should not shoot his mouth off as a public official, which is fairly ironic coming from her. She also seems to have a big issue with the outreach activities that the police do in the community.”
Chief Koval’s listening sessions (all times are 6 p.m.):
• Thursday, Sept. 8 — 809 S. Thompson Drive
• Thursday, Sept. 22 — Festival Foods — 810 E. Washington Ave. (2nd floor conference/community room)
• Thursday, Sept. 29 — West Madison Senior Center — 602 Sawyer Terrace
• Monday, Oct. 3 — Good Shepherd Lutheran Church — 5701 Raymond Road
• Wednesday, Oct. 5 — TBD
• Thursday, Oct. 13 — Tip Top — 601 North St.