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Jay Bullock's Articles
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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.
Living - May 13, 2014
A bad week to be an atheist
I have often explained that the reason I will never be president - aside from how, deep down, I really hate people and would just never get through a campaign - is that I'm a fairly public atheist. You know us atheists; we rank just below Muslims, child-rapists, and congressmen on a list of who people would be willing to vote for.
Milwaukee Buzz - May 6, 2014
I'm so sorry about Brett Hulsey
Hey, Wisconsin, Jay Bullock is really, really sorry. I feel just terrible. See, Brett Hulsey is his fault.
Sports - April 29, 2014
Racism and sportsball
Jay Bullock hopes that the Bucks stay, and that if it takes a new arena to make that happen, someone steps up without tax dollars to do it in a thoughtful way that benefits the city. And if it riles a bunch of vaguely racist suburbanites, all the better.
Milwaukee Buzz - April 22, 2014
No wonder Walker doesn't like contracts
I saw the news the Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was refusing to commit to serving a full four-year term if the people re-elect him this fall. He's signing up to do a job that comes with a particular length of contract, and, unlike someone like me who has to serve the whole length of the contract or suffer the consequences, Walker wants to leave himself an out.
Kids & Family - April 15, 2014
An open letter: Support the Dover Street Teachtown plan
I am writing to offer my strong support for the proposal, which would pour $18 million of investment into the neighborhood, add significantly to the tax base and provide a space for young teachers new to the city to find their roots and develop a love of this city that I too have adopted as my home.
Milwaukee Buzz - April 8, 2014
I have here in my hand a list of names ...
Last week, Brendan Eich was ousted - well, he resigned, but you know how these things really are - from his position as CEO of Mozilla, the software outfit behind products like the Firefox web browser. Why? In 2008, Eich donated $1,000 in support of Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage and was later the subject of one of 2013's most contentious U.S. Supreme Court rulings.
Milwaukee Buzz - March 31, 2014
More than half of Wisconsin: "Walker doesn't care about people like me"
Okay, technically, the question was "Does 'cares about you' describe Scott Walker?" In response, 51 percent of the people polled said no, it doesn't - Walker does not care about people like them. I'm not a math teacher, but even I can tell that's more than half, which when we're talking about a guy up for re-election this year is a big deal.
Kids & Family - March 25, 2014
We have time; let's get school accountability right
With the Wisconsin State Assembly's passage of SB286, a moderate "school accountability" bill that mostly just requires voucher schools to be part of the school report card system, efforts to impose a stricter, full-of-punishments accountability bill are over for this session. That means we have time to try to get such a bill right.
Milwaukee Buzz - March 18, 2014
Ask Jay: OnMilwaukee's political advice column
Welcome to the first installment of Jay Bullock's new political advice column.
Milwaukee Buzz - March 10, 2014
Paul Ryan and the brown bag lie
The question my students most often ask me is, "Why do you give so much work?" The second most often-asked question is, "Got any food?" Before this last weekend I had never thought to sit and quantify the questions my students ask me. But Paul Ryan made me do it.
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