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Mar 6, 201306:47 PMBlaska's Bring It!

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Madison Urban League head calls out Manski and Mertz for dishonest school board campaign

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Sunshine is the best disinfectant for dishonesty like this

Typifying the gross hyperbole used on the Left against change agents fighting the status quo in our schools is the overheated rhetoric of one Jeff Simpson, appointed member of the Monona Grove School Board, reliable teachers union water carrier, and tax hike advocate. Jeff blogs with other Progressive Danes at Forward Lookout. I recounted his fables here, but (as the late-night gadget hucksters used to say) there’s more.

Jeff Simpson – I stand with the teachers, educators and children who want and need a public education and against, convicted felons [which he insists on calling an advocate whose felony conviction was reversed by a higher court], lobbyisyts [sic] and paid shrills [sic] of the De Vos, Walton and Bradley families!

David Blaska – Unfortunately, you also stand against Kaleem Caire, Derrell Connor, Ananda Mirilli, and the hundreds of good law-abiding neighbors and citizens who want a public education for the minority community of Madison, fewer than half of whom graduate. But if these folks are “paid shills,” what does that make you? How much is (or will) the teachers union paying your campaign?

Jeff Simpson – Yes as long as Derell [sic] Connor and Kaleem Caire are going to unjustly bash the Madison teachers, who are doing a great job, just to advance their privatization agenda then i will stand against them! I want a public education for all kids, which involves actually giving us resources so we can educate our kids!

David Blaska – The dishonesty just keeps on a-coming, don’t it, Jeff. Name one instance where Kaleem Caire OR Derrell Connor have “bashed” teachers. Give me the quote, give me the link, or shut up. As for Ms. Mirilli, I’m not sure “people like me” even knew who she was before the primary. You also need to explain how Connor or Caire are promoting a “privatization agenda.” They are proponents of a charter school, a public school. I can assure you, Mr. Paranoia, haven’t seen any of those folks at our Republican festivities or Tea Parties.

So the voters of M-G can make an informed decision, how much more “resources” would you tax for? Still promoting the $1.3 million tax hike or has your bill gone up?

My challenge was posted Monday morning. We’re still waiting for answers. All you can do with liars like Manski, Mertz, and Simpson is to keep challenging them with the truth.

Vote Sarah Manski for school board. She’s on the ballot; she’s moving to California; she works for John Nichols; and the school board will appoint “somebody good,” anyway. Or, should we say, teachers union boss John Matthews will appoint.

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Mar 8, 2013 05:37 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Blaska: You want proof that Caire has cut down teachers. Look at article Dec 9, 2011 Caire rips school district over Madison Prep opposition. There is a quote in this article from Caire himself. Typical tea party, wants proof yet stands up and lies themselves. When has Mertz been dishonest? Are you going to deny that Caire has been playing major roles in organizations that were associated with ALEC? Or that Caire spoke at a number of ALEC sponsored conferences? Or that a number of board members who are on Madison Prep board, support vouchers, have a history of their own or through their children of attending private schools, or even that one who worked at the UW, is involved in an organization that says UW favors minorities and sued the UW for it. It is interesting that tea party members like you have no problem with tax payer money being sent to a school which would be paying for uniforms, not have any say on who is on the board or what the school does, and trying to tear communities apart on areas where they feel the community has a weakness. Just because you and Connor have media outlets, doesn't mean you are at all giving any proof or clear picture of what is really happening.

Mar 8, 2013 05:59 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Not to mention that Terrence Wall was on the original board who stated Smart Growth Madison, an organization which is against affordable housing.

Caire, picks his board, and if he picks people who are against the exact children who this school is suppose to be geared for, yes, Madison will be against this school.

Mar 8, 2013 08:05 am
 Posted by  coolkevs

Get a life dude or dudette - ALEC - are you kidding me? Do what I did - talk to Kaleem Caire - he is not a conservative by any stretch of the imagination. Go rent "Waiting for Superman" instead of trolling the leftist webpages - I believe that movie is by someone who is far from conservative. We are failing our kids here in Madison - 48% of African Americans graduation rate in this idyllic city! That is an epic fail! I would also suggest you visit the ALEC webpage and see where they support graduating 48% of African Americans. You would be better finding conspiracy theories that are true here in Madison than in ALEC la-la-la land that you seem to inhabit.

Mar 10, 2013 04:49 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Isn't it great that in the WSJ today they talk about AVID/TOPS and Boys and Girls Club which has 100% graduation rate which has been helping with the achievement gap? Looks like Kaleem Caire is a sore loser because the Boys and Girls Club program has shown it works and is growing without taking tax payer money out of the current school system which Madison Prep was going to do. Exactly how many black, how many white and how many of the other minority groups did not graduate that year? And how many graduated maybe not in June, but in Aug or Dec or the following year? Why don't you give a complete picture rather than just say one percentage amount?

Mar 11, 2013 08:46 am
 Posted by  David Blaska

Logan, Logan, Logan. (sigh) Does Avid/Tops "take money out of the school district"? No, because it is IN the school district. Just as Madison Prep would have been. Sheesh!

Mar 14, 2013 06:07 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

See you don't get Madison Prep. Madison Prep was asking for a specific amount of money per child from the district not flexible like every other child be. Every other child's money is thrown in a pot, some of the students are under the average while others are over the average cost. And would Madison Prep take students who were unable to do their specific curriculum? No because it was going to be run and taught by people who don't have education degrees and no knowledge/experience in how to teach students who had other learning styles.

But you show how you don't understand education.

By the way, YOU stated that Mertz was dishonest, with no evidence, and even when the first post questioned you on it, you ignored it. Typical Tea Party, states lies and then ignores when someone questions them.

Mar 27, 2013 07:31 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

As the 2013 Madison school board race continues, we (the Urban League) are deeply concerned about the negative politics, dishonesty and inaccurate discussions that have shaped the campaign. ... We are concerned about how Madison Prep has become a red herring

Red Herring? Insulting. Taking money from taxpayers, and more incredulously, taking money away from the MOST vulnerable students in our schools is not a red herring. It is a valid concern. The elected board has the power to make this decision.... so, if they support charters and I don't, I will not vote or them. Brown, Black, White, Green.

And, yes, something was wrong with the proposal. Terribly. It was designed to cherry pick kids, build a resume and line pockets.

THANK YOU TJ MERTZ for standing in front of the board and asking the difficult questions! That was courageous.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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