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(The watercolor is called Magnolia Tree for Momma, by Audrey Crawford)

Monday, August 17, 2009

When Big Daddies Came to Town...

Yeah, I'm going here even with one of the principles still in the hospital for unrelated reasons... (I wish him a speedy recovery by the way and am as impressed as Maddow about the superhero behavior ;)

But I gotta do this.

Okay, and when I say this, I'm going to make a lot of liberal white people really angry. I'm going to say it anyway.

What do three white men think they are doing stepping into a primarily African American community and telling them their right to vote doesn't matter? That the three white men somehow know better than the majority minority parents who best represents the children's interests?

Oh yeah... I went there...

If they want to disolve the MPS School Board, what about democratically taking the idea to the voters in a binding referendum is so completely not even considered...

What is going on here???

Oh sorry voters, we've decided you can't make decisions the big daddies like, so we're going to take away your representative government because we don't even trust you to hear our argument for our idea and vote in what we think is your best interest...

Well, they won't win that argument now will they... The voters are not children who don't know what's best for them, boys... They are adults who were presented in most cases with choices and came out of their homes on cold winter days to make those choices. What really stinks is they aren't suggesting this in Madison. Not in Crivitz or Kenosha or Haywood or Manitowoc. No, the big daddies only want control of the largest minority district in the state. Didn't anyone tell you guys HOW BAD THIS LOOKS???

Why don't you try funding MPS and giving the school board something to actually work with?
Why don't you eliminate school choice and put taxpayer dollars back into public schools in Milwaukee? Think it's a coincidence that the least performing schools in Wisconsin also happen to be the ones fighting their defunding by the choice program??? I think not...

Hey liberals, think this sounds good because our Democratic Mayor's in charge?? And what happens when Scott Walker becomes the next Mayor of Milwaukee?

The voters already made the decisions as to their best interests. They can change those decisions every couple years... all up and down the ticket by the way...

Next, someone will tell us that the Mayor will be chosen by a vote of the Common Council, the School Superintendent will be chosen by the Governor and the Governor will be chosen by the State Legislature.... Wait a minute... hmmmm...

6 comments:

Zach W. said...

So Renee, are you saying you'd support the idea of Milwaukee's Mayor taking over MPS if that mayor happened to be a person of color, but that because it happens to be Tom Barrett, it's a bad idea?

Georgia said...

Too long we have heard about school choice. Too long we have been told we should provide 'VOUCHERS' to folks who didn't want to send their kids to public schools.

I say: BullS*^t!!!!

The voucher program is pure hooey. Created by biased repugnant buttholes, with the stupid arguement" my taxes should fund MY CHOICE" of course, choice is ONLY for them...

Public schools are publicly funded. ONLY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. (I sure as heck don't want my tax dollars going to fund private schools - they are exclusionary.) That insane idea that public funding should go to cracker private schools is really STUPID.

There is a reason a private school is private - it EXCLUDES.

If someone wants to send their kid to a private school - you go guy! On your funds - with your ideals - at YOUR expense. And not by expecting someone to fund your bias/bigotry/religion.

Not me.

We fund public schools so EVERYONE has an equal opportunity for education. Our public schools were once the envy of foreign educators.

We educated EVERYONE equally.

Not so much these days.

Crawford's Take said...

Zach, No, I'm saying it just LOOKS bad all around. I don't support that takeover at all of the voter's democratic rights without a vote of the people of the city of Milwaukee.

If the idea is that great an idea, then it should go to the voters as a binding resolution that dissolves the school board. It could be put on the ballot this fall still in the city of Milwaukee and we'd know what the voters want to do with their school board!

I'm furious about the usurping of democracy and at the same time noting the potentially racially charged and definitely patriarchal tone of the entire plan...

wes_ben said...

Crawford, can I get your help in supporting the March for Health Care Reform by spreading the word? I cannot seem to drum up enough support for a March in Madison :(

The march will be on 9/13 in DC and every major city. More info at www.marchforhealthcare.com

Erik said...

Renee, You are right and wrong at the same time.

You are right that the parents are having their say taken away by bureaucrats. This is wrong.

You are wrong to think the problem is these men are WHITE. You're bigoted view is very prevalent among liberals.

The problem is not one of color, but of representation. More decisions should be made by the parents at a local level.

Now, see if you can say something to GET more parents involved.

Erik said...

Georgia- You must be in the NEA. There is nothing redeeming in your statement. The voucher is giving taxpayers BACK their own money to decide where their children should go. Just as your President has chosen to send his kids to a private school. Private does NOT mean exclusionary, only that it is not government operated.