Mar 15, 201308:28 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Manski and Democrats used Madison’s minorities as partisan cannon fodder
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Part 4 the last. Madison Prep was the mouse that roared. How can you explain the fear and loathing Madison’s power elite directed at the Madison Urban League’s proposed charter school?
The Urban League’s Madison Prep charter school would have been just one school amid 50 Madison public schools. It would have taught 800 kids out of 27,000 enrolled in the district. The school board would have retained the ultimate authority to shut it down. So why the sturm und drang over this niche school? Two reasons:
• Because it would have been non-union.
• Because it might have succeeded. The Democratic Party cannot allow one small chink in the solid teachers union barricades.
How else does one explain Sarah Manski’s endorsement from the leader of the State Assembly Democrats, Peter Barca of Kenosha? How else does one explain an endorsement from the leader of the State Senate Democrats, Chris Larson of Milwaukee?
The purpose of the Manski campaign was all about staving off any threat to the teachers union hegemony. The power structure encouraged her to run after Ananda Mirilli, an immigrant Latina who supports the charter school (a public school, by the way), entered the race.
Husband Ben Manski said as much in his notorious December email blast.
Sarah Manski’s candidacy succeeded in squeezing Mirilli out of the three-way primary and keeping her name off the April 2 general election ballot.
Her campaign was a Trojan horse created to attack Gov. Walker for promoting Act 10 and proposing that disadvantaged children in underperforming schools have other choices. Ironically, that very intransigence with respect to reform and innovation on the part of so-called progressives is what drives Republican efforts to expand parental choice.
Sarah Manski and Peter Barca, D-Kenosha
Public schools are a means to an end, not the goal itself
Democrats are using the city’s minority population, which almost universally supported Madison Prep, as partisan political fodder in this supposedly nonpartisan race.
They have no answers for Mr. Caire, the energetic Urban League president who, alone, pushed Madison’s nose into the long-ignored minority achievement gap, in which fewer than half of black and Latino students graduate, where only 7% of black high school seniors and 18% of Latinos were considered college-ready.
He proposed longer school days and longer school years than permitted by the union’s collective bargaining agreement.
The Madison Machine shot down his proposed solution without offering alternatives. They have none today. Instead, the local Democratic Party is trying to take out James Howard, who voted for Madison Prep. Howard is astonished that the local Democrat(ic) party injected partisan politics into a supposedly nonpartisan race by endorsing his opponent – and Dean Loumos versus Wayne Strong.
“Almost anyone else who supported Madison Prep has been labeled the enemy because communities of color are asking for a better future for their children,” writes Derrell Connor at Channel 3000. “... I believe that there is a movement in this community to silence anyone that doesn’t walk in lockstep with the status quo. They will trample over voices of color in order to preserve it.” (“Madison liberals hurting communities of color.”)