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Kids & Family - Feb. 2, 2016
The key takeaway from Means' listening session: Is anyone listening to Means?
Despite setting out specifically to hear from the parents of families of the children struggling in the city's most challenging schools, OSPP commissioner Demond Means' target audience was not there, and those who were didn't seem eager to listen.
Buzz - Jan. 26, 2016
5 national disgraces of Arne Duncan's own making
What greeted my eyes in the Sunday paper was the headline "Arne Duncan on Milwaukee's chronic woes: 'A national disgrace'," talking about Milwaukee's schools. But here are five other national disgraces Duncan had a hand in that he should also be worried about.
Buzz - Jan. 19, 2016
Who wants to challenge Bob Gannon?
Rep. Bob Gannon of Slinger became a viral sensation recently thanks to some recent statements - and a high-profile middle finger. The only question left after his behavior: Who wants to challenge him in the primary election?
Buzz - Jan. 12, 2016
Chris Christie is wrong on teachers unions
Last week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said that teachers unions were "the single most destructive force [in] public education in this country." Christie is wrong; there's something far more destructive in public schools right now.
Buzz - Jan. 5, 2016
Oregon standoff shows privilege in action, inaction on privilege
If we wanted to talk about privilege, if we wanted to have an honest discussion about it means right now in early 21st-century America to be white or to be black and to deal with authority and the righting of wrongs, the Oregon standoff is the time to do it.
Buzz - Dec. 29, 2015
15 winners and losers of 2015
If 2015 proved anything, it's that nuance is dead, at least in this country. There's no room here for subtlety, for careful consideration of facts and moral gray areas. So, here is a list of my 15 winners and losers from 2015.
Buzz - Dec. 15, 2015
Donald Trump's presidential campaign was inevitable
It occurred to me the other day that Donald Trump - not the actual man in the trucker hat, but rather the slow-motion train wreck we're all watching right now - is the natural culmination of several ugly trends.
Kids & Family - Dec. 8, 2015
Congress finally acts on No Child Left Behind, but doesn't move ahead
Hindsight has left all of us pretty much in agreement that NCLB didn't work as promised. But the Every Student Succeeds Act takes much of what NCLB did - including the equally Orwellian name - and makes it a double.
Buzz - Nov. 24, 2015
From Jay, to today's newsmakers
The following column is a collection of emails sent by this column's author over the last week to Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan and Southwest Airlines. He is not a crackpot.
Kids & Family - Nov. 17, 2015
What Means means for MPS
The announcement last week that Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele selected Demond Means to take on the role of Opportunity Schools Partnership commissioner came not as too much of a surprise - but it was a relief, seeing what the pick means for MPS.
Buzz - Nov. 10, 2015
10 questions I would ask at tonight's GOP debate in Milwaukee
No one asked me to serve on the panel of questioners at the Republican primary debate here in Milwaukee, but I have plenty of questions I'd love to ask the candidates gathering here tonight. So I will.
Kids & Family - Nov. 3, 2015
Before having to report crime stats, schools should stop criminalizing childhood
The research on the so-called "school-to-prison pipeline" is clear: the way we treat students in schools, particularly students of color, presages the way those students will be treated once they leave school.
Buzz - Oct. 27, 2015
Democratic field clears for Clinton
Why is the Democratic candidate field clearing now, so early in the race? Because after this last week, it's hard not to simply say she is the best. And yes, I am talking about the Benghazi hearings on Thursday.
Kids & Family - Oct. 19, 2015
DPI aims for better equity in Wisconsin's K-12 teachers
I have good news, and I have bad news. The bad news is that two recent analyses of who teaches where in Wisconsin's K-12 system confirm what we all suspected, which is that the schools with the poorest, hardest to teach students by far have the most inexperienced and poorly trained teachers, and that problem is growing. The good news is that there's an effort afoot to try to improve that.
Kids & Family - Oct. 13, 2015
Abele won't be a hero in fight for MPS, but he won't be a villain either
Any day now, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will appoint a "commissioner" who will identify up to three Milwaukee Public Schools that will be subsumed into the new Opportunity Schools Partnership, their teachers removed and their assets seized. He argues he's making the best of a bad situation, but does this make Abele a hero or villain to MPS?
Living - Oct. 6, 2015
Yet another column about yet another shooting in America
It should be clear to everyone by now that no matter how many words I or anyone else - be they president, celebrity, parent of a dead child, parent of a mass shooter or random person on the street - spend talking about the insanity of this country's gun culture, nothing will change.
Buzz - Sept. 28, 2015
Scott Walker forgot about the water and chased the whale
"I forgot about the water and chased the whale," the song lyric goes, "the myth that prize is all there ought to be." Depending on how you define the whale, of course, then everybody is chasing it. Hillary and Jeb and Bernie and Trump and the rest all want to be president, sure. The question, though, is whether they mind the water along the way. Scott Walker clearly didn't.
Buzz - Sept. 23, 2015
The race for president of the Delusional Party
It's a truism in American politics that everyone believes the other side is completely nuts. Delusional. Certain about facts that just simply don't exist. This is a simplification, sure, but it's also kind of a meta-statement about a different serious problem in American politics, which is the myth of "balance," an insistence that "both sides do it." But both sides don't do it. The fact is that only one political party right now seems to exist in a world of fantasy and delusion.
Buzz - Sept. 15, 2015
Walker doesn't know when to quit
A couple of months ago, I wrote in these pages that (alleged) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker does not tell the truth, and he does not answer questions. I would like to add a third thing to that list: Scott Walker does not know when to quit. And I'm not just talking about quitting the race for the Republican presidential nomination. When it comes to dodging questions and attacking Obama on police violence issues, he just doesn't know when to quit.
Buzz - Sept. 8, 2015
8 things that Kim Davis is not
Elected Clerk Kim Davis was recently jailed - and released just this afternoon - for contempt of court for failing to comply with a federal judge's order that she issue marriage licenses to anyone legally allowed to marry. Davis has refused to issue such licenses to same-sex couples, believing it would make her complicit in those couples' sin. Here's eight things people have said about her, that are just not true.
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