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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Jay Bullock

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Jay Bullock is a high school English teacher in Milwaukee, columnist for the Bay View Compass, singer-songwriter and occasional improv comedian.

Recent Articles
 Kids & Family - July 21, 2014
 Common Core is not the problem: testing, paranoia, and pandering are
 Last week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker finally got off the fence and called for the state's lawmakers to "repeal Common Core and replace it with standards set by people in Wisconsin." Clearly an attempt to motivate his base, Walker's statement -- like most anti-Common Core sentiments -- missed the mark on what the real problems are and opened up an ugly can of worms.
 Milwaukee Buzz - July 15, 2014
 Tort-happy Republicans vs. the Affordable Care Act
 For a party that has long claimed to oppose frivolous lawsuits, the Republicans last week sure seemed pretty tort-happy.
 Living - July 8, 2014
 Supreme Court is trolling America
 The Supreme Court is, pretty often, going to make decisions any of us can disagree with. The court as it is now has managed to anger people on the left and the right -- the left more often, thank you Ralph Nader -- but last week's decisions on birth control have raised the Roberts court's penchant for disagreeability to a new level, one that is undeniably trolling.
 Milwaukee Buzz - July 1, 2014
 The real IRS scandal
 For more than a year now, the conservative outrage machine has had its sights squarely on the Internal Revenue Service. I mean, among other things; the conservative outrage machine is an accomplished multi-tasker, so the IRS has had to compete with Benghazi and Fast and Furious and the machine's continuing surprise that a U.S. president enjoys golf.
 Milwaukee Buzz - June 24, 2014
 Another week proves Walker's way is not Wisconsin's way
 Wisconsin simply must not abide a governor whose allies, associates, and employees see the law as something to be circumvented, rather than followed.
 Kids & Family - June 17, 2014
 Students lose in ongoing battle against teacher tenure
 Teacher tenure is not the cause of poor student achievement, and trying to "reform" it will do nothing to improve educational outcomes for the students who most need our help. Indeed, they will suffer as any last protections or incentives for good teachers to stay are "reformed" right out of existence.
 Kids & Family - June 10, 2014
 Grading MPS superintendent Thornton
 Now that Dr. Gregory Thornton has nearly finished his tenure at the helm of Wisconsin's largest school district, it's time to look back on his performance. According to Jay Bullock, Thornton's four years here have been a bit of a mixed bag, but overall, he was more successful than his last few predecessors at the Milwaukee Public Schools.
 Milwaukee Buzz - June 3, 2014
 "The Case for Reparations" makes persuasive argument
 Even though more than 800 people were injured, up to 300 people were killed, 35 blocks of a city were destroyed, and 10,000 people were left homeless by the Tulsa Race Riot -- making it the biggest race riot of the 20th century -- Jay Bullock had never encountered the story until last month, when he read "The Case for Reparations," a massive and thorough argument by The Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates.
 Kids & Family - May 27, 2014
 Chronic trauma a serious concern for Milwaukee's children
 When 10-year-old Sierra Guyton was shot May 21 on the playground of Clarke Street School, she rightly became the focus of the day's news and several news cycles thereafter. But there were other victims of the gunfire that evening - other children on the playground, for example, and neighbors living near the school. While none of them took a bullet, all of them suffered an acute trauma.
 Milwaukee Buzz - May 20, 2014
 Dipping into the (this time real) mailbag
 A couple months ago, Jay Bullock figured that the fake-advice column trope was old enough and common enough that it would be obvious. Apparently not. This time, the column is not fake, instead looking back at a couple of recent columns to pull out actual comments received on this site, via email, or through other means, and responding or extending his argument a little.

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