When you get discouraged about things in the world, check out the Nature show (on-demand), Honey Badgers, Masters of Mayhem. Let’s be honey badgers.
February 21, 2014
February 21, 2014
Dillard claims to follow in the Illinois GOP line-up started by Edgar and Thompson – but reaching across the aisle, compromising with the Dems, pecking at the crumbs of corruption, just won’t work any more in Illinois. Admittedly, there isn’t much choice this time. Fake Republican vs. damaged goods. Taking a choice is just what Dems are planning so that they have a Republican to blame.
February 2, 2014
The longest line in the U.S. isn’t outside a Super Bowl stadium. It’s black parents lining up for a chance to get their kids into a charter school or a school choice program. The lines form in places as varied as New York City, New Orleans, Washington, D.C. and Milwaukee. Only one thing is guaranteed: opposition, whether it’s New York’s new “progressive” mayor Bill de Blasio or the Justice Department leaning on Louisiana’s voucher program. Today we’ll visit Milwaukee.St. Marcus Lutheran, one of Milwaukee’s successful independent schools, tried to buy a vacant former public school on the city’s north side. The public school system said—get lost.
But rather than accept the offer that would have expanded a successful school, the public school district opted to sell the building to developers at a loss.The school system agreed to sell the building to developer 2760 Holdings for just over $2 million. The developer plans to demolish half the structure for a housing and retail space, while the school would lease back the other half for its own plan to create a school at a cost of $4 million over four years. In October, Milwaukee County Court Commissioner Serena Pollack wrote a letter to Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm and others, asking that they investigate a transaction that appeared both “fraudulent” and a loss to taxpayers.
Public school board President Michael Bonds said in 2011 that letting private education success stories flourish would be like “asking the Coca-Cola company to turn over its facilities to Pepsi.”He flatters himself. Unlike the soda wars, the education battle in Wisconsin is between a failing union monopoly and schools that are actually educating children. If the Milwaukee public schools think that preferential real-estate regulations are the definition of competition, it’s no wonder they’re failing the kids.
This, apparently, passes for “progressivism” these days.