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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
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - February 24, 2015
 What makes "right to work" worthy of an extraordinary session?
 This week, the Wisconsin legislature begins the fast-track process to pass "right-to-work" - or, as I call it, "right-to-freeload." They are doing this in a so-called "extraordinary session" of the legislature. While "extraordinary session" may well be a technical term related to the rules under which the session will operate, we all know what "extraordinary" means and, historically, such sessions have been used to address major or important or emergency issues.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - February 17, 2015
 2 reasons why it's a bad week to be an atheist
 So what's making atheism tough this week? Two things. One is Scott Walker. And I don't just say that on principle, though I can see why you might think that given my history in this space. The second thing setting off my atheist alarms this last week is something that really was newsworthy. That's the murder of three observant Muslims in Chapel Hill, N.C., last Tuesday.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - February 9, 2015
 Building the streetcar doesn't hurt MPS
 Last week Milwaukee Alderman Joe Davis, a streetcar opponent and announced candidate for mayor against Barrett in 2016, earned a "Mostly False" from PolitiFact Wisconsin for saying the streetcar would "take precious revenue away" from MPS.
 
 Kids & Family - February 3, 2015
 Walker's never-ending quest to widen the resource gap
 The dramatic budget cuts at the hands of Scott Walker would be devastating for this city and the state overall -- it would increase the resource gap.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - January 27, 2015
 Walker's teacher licensing program is a bad idea and another attack on unions
 The "Scott Walker thing" in question is the plan our governor is putting in his budget to allow people with "real-life experience" to become licensed public school teachers, potentially without even a lick of training, student teaching, or other assurance that those people know a single thing about teaching. It's easy to guess why Walker is proposing such a thing -- I'll get to that in a minute -- but let me explain why I agree with my student teacher that it's a terrible idea.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - January 20, 2015
 Streetcar opposition is lousy with false dichotomies
 In an ad, Nate Hamilton puts forward a textbook false dichotomy. A false dichotomy is just what it sounds like, with a speaker suggesting a false choice or saying that there are only two possible positions on an issue. Though he phrases his call for opposition almost as revenge for his brother's killing, his implication is clearly that the streetcar will proceed only at the expense of justice, or the other way around -- stopping the streetcar will bring about the justice he seeks. But that's just not true.
 
 Kids & Family - January 13, 2015
 Accountability, recovery and Dave Begel
 Wisconsin Republicans have unveiled their version of a "school accountability" bill; Democrats released their own bill designed to increase accountability at private schools that receive tax-funded vouchers, some students lost two pre-exam days to weather, the Packers won a playoff game, and a fellow OnMilwaukee.com columnist responded to what Jay Bullock wrote ... not necessarily in that order.
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - January 6, 2015
 A "recovery district" won't be magic
 Milwaukee's children, especially poor minority children, start school behind their white suburban peers, fall further behind over the years, and by the time they graduate, if they do, still end up in remedial college classes at a depressingly high rate. These are the facts, and they're true across all Milwaukee's sectors, they're true generally of urban poor children across the country, and they will be true of any Milwaukee "recovery district."
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - December 30, 2014
 The surprising left-right divide in reactions to killings
 By now, you've probably read and heard all you care to regarding police killings of unarmed black men and boys and the attendant protests, counter-protests, legal actions, recriminations and more. I don't have a lot to add to what has already been said, except this one thought that keeps bugging me and gets talked about at best only tangentially regarding these killings. And it's this: Why is reaction to this so divided along partisan lines?
 
 Milwaukee Buzz - December 23, 2014
 The surprising and not-so-surprising moments in 2014
 This year, there were some things that were surprising ... and not-so-surprising. At the end of 2013, I didn't publish anywhere a list of predictions for this year, so I don't really have a scorecard I can use to gauge my success or failure as a prognosticator and pundit. There's no way to check what I got right and wrong for 2014. But I can talk about what surprised me this year and what did not.
 


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