Sunday, September 21, 2008

Community leaders apply double standard to MPS!

Declining state aid, a $625 million voucher experiment, and growing property taxes led a committee of the MPS Board to suggest dissolving the state's largest school district.

Did the board members who voted to supported this measure consider its impact on MPS' students? Or the teachers and staff who educate the city's children while holding our beleaguered public schools together?

There's a double standard when it comes to the education of Milwaukee's children and MPS.

Poverty has grown in Milwaukee and become more extreme, but no one suggests that we dissolve the city!

In response to increased crime, no one suggests that we dissolve the Milwaukee Police Department. Rather, we invest in more officers and better equipment and technology!

When our professional baseball team that had not won in years threatened to leave, we didn't wave good bye. We built them a billion dollar stadium!

When Bear Stearns, Freddie Mac, Frannie Mae, Lehman Brothers, the American International Group and others threaten to dissolve, we don't let them fail. We bail them out with taxpayers money.

But when it comes to Miwaukee's children, we don't hire more teachers or bail out the district, we threaten them, the adults who care for and work with them, and their schools.

Have we no shame!

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