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Jay Bullock's Articles
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Buzz - Sept. 27, 2016
Pro-pot Johnson a bad choice for pro-pot millennials
Gary Johnson may have said some mock-worthy things this past week about space colonization. As it turns out, though, Gary Johnson is pretty serious - maybe not about the science fiction, but in terms of consequences for this election.
Buzz - Sept. 20, 2016
Leaked John Doe docs reveal what pay-to-play really looks like
The fallout for Gov. Walker and those tangled in the John Doe web may well continue because all of the prosecution's documents in the case are now available for all to see. They provide a remarkable picture of what a true political pay-to-play scheme looks like.
Kids & Family - Sept. 13, 2016
WILL argues we should destroy MPS to save it
Last week, WILL's Will Flanders posted the third and final installment of this series of policy proposals, in which he argues that the state must destroy MPS in order to save it. His weapon of choice is immediate full-scale implementation of the OSPP.
Buzz - Sept. 6, 2016
The missing JS archives and the digital age's great failure
Last month, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel made headlines across the country when its archives disappeared from Google Newspapers - as good a time as any to remind the world that our digital present, and especially our digital past, is fragile and transitory.
Kids & Family - Aug. 30, 2016
Fact vs. fiction: back-to-school edition
Later this week, Wisconsin's children start back to school. In honor of that, Jay Bullock uses his column to take a look at some recent school-related fictions and attempt to explain the actual facts.
Buzz - Aug. 23, 2016
Trump's appeal to African-Americans is both clumsy and ahistorical
Whether or not the party's current standard-bearer is a true believer, it's still just flatly false that Republican leadership would be better for African-Americans. The GOP has had its chance to help black voters, and they have chosen not to do so.
#RaiseMKE - Aug. 16, 2016
WILL diagnoses correct symptoms but prescribes solutions to wrong problem
What WILL diagnoses here as the symptom - that poor, minority urban students routinely achieve well below their wealthier, whiter suburban counterparts in Milwaukee - is accurate. But they prescribe a solution for a completely different problem.
Buzz - Aug. 2, 2016
Trump's rise is about racial resentment, not anti-establishment sentiment
I have no argument with Robert Reich when he writes that this election is "between the anti-establishment and the establishment." But Reich's argument that Clinton doesn't "get" what this election is about mistakes his own differences with Clinton for reality.
Buzz - July 26, 2016
America, you want a president, not an "outsider"
Everyone always says that what they want in an elected official - mayor, senator, student council treasurer, POTUS - is an "outsider." However, if the 2016 election is good for nothing else, it has shown us the fallacy inherent in such a belief.
Buzz - July 19, 2016
Here's a test Newt Gingrich can give Muslims
Last week, Newt Gingrich said we should test every person of Muslim background here and deport them if they believe in Sharia law. Well, OnMilwaukee's resident school teacher Jay Bullock decided to get to work on writing up that test for him.
#RaiseMKE - July 12, 2016
Let's have some empathy, please
Author Chinua Achebe's words have been on my mind for the last week, for reasons I hope are obvious. I firmly believe that what the United States needs at this moment is more empathy, a greater sense of shared purpose and shared experience.
#RaiseMKE - July 6, 2016
The blame for the OSPP's failure lies mostly with GOP and allies in WILL
Within 24 hours of Demond Means' resignation, GOP leaders threatened MPS with everything from breaking it up to choking off state funds. However, these Republicans should get their own house in order first before coming after MPS and Milwaukee's children.
#RaiseMKE - June 30, 2016
After Means' resignation, OSPP is now a five-alarm dumpster fire
Demond Means resigned Wednesday as the commissioner of the OSPP. I don't want to make this about me, because it isn't. However, I warned you people that something like this would happen. And now we have on our hands a five-alarm dumpster fire.
Buzz - June 28, 2016
Exit stage left: Brexit, Obama, George Will and what they all mean
Between the Brexit vote, George Will and seemingly President Barack Obama, a lot of people and places prepared the way for big exits this past week. And they all share a lot in common, important lessons we should take come November.
Buzz - June 21, 2016
Hot take: Climate change is the ultimate 2016 presidential campaign issue
You can name any of 100 issues that divide Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but if I had to choose one that is most representative of the difference between the two, both as people and as candidates, climate change would be at the top of the list.
Buzz - June 16, 2016
Privileged #NeverHillary protest will hurt real Americans
#BernieOrBust fans think losing in November will bring about some epiphany in the Democratic Party, something about how now they'll "listen to the people." However, that's not reality. Those who suffer will, of course, be those most vulnerable.
#RaiseMKE - June 6, 2016
It's right to care about students, but you must also care about districts
Here's the thing about State Rep. Dale Kooyonga and other Republicans' insistence that money follow the student and that reform and legislation should focus on the child rather than the schools or districts: Students don't learn in a vacuum.
#RaiseMKE - May 24, 2016
Black students' lives don't matter to Sheriff Clarke, just their obedience
The charge that MPS would be giving almost half a million dollars to the loose national coalition going by the name Black Lives Matter is, of course, false. But that didn't stop Sheriff David Clarke from commenting on it and showing his true desires.
Buzz - May 18, 2016
For Ryan, it's not what Donald Trump says; it's how he's saying it
Paul Ryan's fight with Donald Trump isn't as much about what the Republican presidential candidate is saying, but how he's saying it. He's simply embarrassed Trump has made the Republican Party's subtext into text again.
#RaiseMKE - May 10, 2016
Revisiting the resource gap
At some point, this reality needs to sink in: It is our moral and civic duty to overcome this resource gap and provide opportunities, through better school funding, that students from poor families and neighborhoods cannot receive anywhere else.
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