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Jay Bullock's Articles
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Kids & Family - April 27, 2016
MPS should accept Means' plan for Opportunity Schools
Demond Means' OSPP plan may not be ideal, but for Milwaukee Public Schools, it's the best case in a bad situation - especially based on what was threatened originally and what eventually did become the law under the last state budget.
Buzz - April 19, 2016
The voter fraud debate is over - because it never existed in the first place
If voter ID laws were really intended to combat voter fraud, and this past election had both voter ID in place and record turnout levels, isn't that actually proof instead that the right's voter-fraud thesis was, is and has always been a big fat lie?
Buzz - April 12, 2016
What we learned from last week's Wisconsin primary results
The results from last week's Wisconsin primary may be old news, but there's still much to be learned from what happened on Tuesday - from confusing campaign strategies to the early impact of the state's new voter ID laws.
Buzz - April 5, 2016
To strike or to stay in the classroom? For many teachers, it's not an easy call
Striking - like what happened in Chicago on Friday with the Chicago Teachers Union - or sick-outing as a teacher is a tricky business. Some may choose to strike and speak out against political decisions - but what about the students left behind?
Buzz - March 29, 2016
Please, no more nuance when talking segregation
The policy implications from a new study are clear: Economic integration of neighborhoods, instead of the economic segregation that largely exists today, is a key to boosting children's chance of success in school and as adults. And that's not all.
Buzz - March 22, 2016
With Donald Trump, it's bullies all the way down - and up
In general, I hate stories about "the horserace" of politics, rather than the issues. But I firmly believe the Trump rally violence is not a tangential issue to this year's campaign. It reflects on the substance of the candidate in this case.
Buzz - March 15, 2016
4 things America doesn't need anymore
From Daylight Saving Time to judiciary elections and more, here are four common parts of our functioning society that America foolishly keeps holding on to and simply shouldn't hassle itself with anymore.
Kids & Family - March 9, 2016
Unfortunately for Larson, the answer's not so easy on MPS takeover
Chris Larson's potential election will not end, repeal or otherwise stop "the takeover" of MPS, and making the opposite claim as much a centerpiece of his campaign as it has been strikes me as iffy at best, and plain dishonest at worst.
Kids & Family - March 1, 2016
New study shows it's time for a fresh school-funding lawsuit in Wisconsin
The other side might sputter and stammer that the current state of affairs when it comes to Wisconsin's school funding is good enough. But more and more research nationwide is showing otherwise, and now is the time to prove it in court.
Buzz - Feb. 23, 2016
Super Tuesday may pick Wisconsin, Milwaukee winners for us
Between now and when Wisconsin voters go to the polls next on April 5, the rest of the country will probably pick some of our winners and losers for us. This is new territory for Wisconsin, and it could have some serious effects on our state and local races.
Buzz - Feb. 15, 2016
Scalia legacy will linger in continued gun violence
While conversation now turns to the sure-to-be arduous process of replacing Supreme Court Judge Antonin Scalia, let's also look back at a crucial part of his legacy: his 2008 interpretation of the right to bear arms.
Buzz - Feb. 12, 2016
Sanders and Clinton so similar yet so different in Milwaukee debate
The biggest takeaway from Thursday night's debate? What most separates Clinton and Sanders is not their policy positions, where they share most of the same goals, but their approach to policy in general, where they could not be more different.
Buzz - Feb. 9, 2016
Donovan's plan for Milwaukee: more bureaucracy and misleading stats
The current alderman and mayoral candidate seems to be running on delivering more - more bureaucracy, more police, more of the school-to-prison pipeline and, despite his online pledge to keep taxes down, almost certainly more taxes to pay for these things.
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.
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