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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No control is more local than the kitchen table
The irony, of course, is that Scott Walker, various Koch Brothers, ALEC, WMC, the Bradley Foundation – and all the rest of the hobgoblins conjured by the conspiracy weavers running Madison’s political machine – had nothing to do with Madison’s minority achievement gap. Liberals have owned Madison’s public schools for at least the last 40 years. They own its problems.
Remember that the next time you see a letter penned by the Raging Grannies* of School Boards Past defending the status quo; they being Carol Carstensen, Barbara Arnold, Anne Arnesen, and Nan Brien (Sarah Manski’s campaign treasurer).
Now that its stranglehold on the people is in jeopardy, the Madison Political Machine is doubling down its protection of the institution at the expense of the people it was intended to serve.
Gov. Walker has proposed to allow parents in failing school districts to use school vouchers, wherein the state’s per-pupil payment follows the child. It’s only an advisory vote, but the Madison School Board voted 7-0 against the idea. Surprised? If you ran the monopoly feed store, would you vote to allow competition?
Progressives spend sleepless nights fearful that ordinary citizens will make their own decisions. Proponents of big government, like my friend Dave Zweifel, are appalled at this affront to the gatekeepers:
Instead of school boards, mayors and village presidents making decisions about the kinds of schools and municipal rules they want for their own communities.
Should majority rule trump individual choice?
Or – what say parents make decisions about their schools? Yes, parents can choose private schools now – but first they must pay for the public schools they don’t attend. A great business model.
State Sen. Mike Ellis, a Republican, is just as bad. He wants a referendum before permitting school vouchers. If the vote is 99 to 1 opposed, why fear that one family will make its own decision? If the vote is 50 to 49 against, are the big government elites really going to hold those 49 hostage to the government-controlled monopoly?
The progressives have it upside down. They regard the public schools as an institutional end in themselves and not a means to an end. The Machine fears allowing individual families to choose alternatives – they might make the wrong (non-union) choice.
That was the Manski campaign slogan: “For Our Public Schools” – not “For Teaching Our Children.”
Some credit must be given to The Capital Times, which I have mercilessly pilloried this week, for endorsing James Howard and Wayne Strong in the two remaining contested school board races. I’ll temper that by speculating that they backed themselves into that corner by slavishly defending Sarah Manski. We have already documented the resulting backlash from Madison’s minority community. Face must be saved.
Vote Manski – As for the remaining seat, we urge you to vote Manski. Her name remains on the ballot. Send a message: You don’t like being played by the Manski-ites and you don’t buy T.J. Mertz’s slavish devotion to the teachers union.
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