From: "Rep.Vos"For those that weren't aware, "Waiting for Superman" is a propaganda film that disparages public education and claims that the only solutions is to privatize the entire education system.
Date: October 14, 2011 12:25:28 PM CDT
To: "*Legislative All Assembly"
, "*Legislative All Senate"
Subject: Waiting for Superman
Representative Robin Vos
along with Education Committee Chairs
Rep. Steve Kestell and Sen. Luther Olsen
would like to invite you to attend
a screening of the award-winning documentary
Waiting for Superman
2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19th in 412 East.
Open to legislators and staff.
Popcorn will be provided.
WTMJ Radio Host and Author Charlie Sykes
will lead a panel discussion following the movie presentation.
Dr. Tony Evers, State Superintendent of Schools (invited)
Daniel A. Nerad, Superintendent, Madison Metropolitan Schools
Kimber Liedl, Policy Director, Governor Walker
Kaleem Caire, President/CEO, Urban League of Greater Madison
Zeus Rodriguez, President, St. Anthony School, Milwaukee
Jim Lynch, Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (invited)
John Forester, Wisconsin School Administrators (invited)
John Matthews, Executive Director, Madison Teachers, Inc. (invited)
Representative Sondy Pope-Roberts (invited)
WEAC representative (invited)
RSVP to email@example.com
State Representative Robin Vos
State Capitol - Room 309 East - Post Office Box 8953 - Madison, Wisconsin 53708
Phone: (608) 266-9171 - Toll Free: (888) 534-0063 - Fax (608) 282-3663
I question whether this is appropriate conduct by Vos, Luther Olson and Steve Kestell. They've received lots of campaign donations from the various front groups that are all aimed at privatizing our educational system. Now, they are using government emails and a government office in a the State Capitol to shill for charter schools.
Even more questionable is inviting the likes of Charlie Sykes, who is deeply beholden to his masters at the Bradley Foundation, an extreme right wing group that sponsors the propagandist WPRI (Weasels Promoting Republican Ideology) of which Sykes is the figurehead of an editor. (It should also be noted that Sykes' current and third wife - the one he cheated on his second wife with - Janet Riordan, aka Liz Woodhouse, is the Bradley Foundation's Director of Communication.)
It makes me wonder who is paying for this nonsense.
But this all fits in with the Walker/Republican/Koch Brothers/ALEC agenda. Walker's budget, which slashed education funding by nearly a billion dollars, is already doing a lot of harm to school districts around the state. The ones that haven't been affected, or at least pretend they haven't been will be joining the others in having major difficulties next year, leading to higher taxes and/or greatly reduced services.
Then has the schools are beginning to fail due to the lack of funding or are forced to raise taxes just to keep from sinking even faster in the Republican-created abyss, the Republicans will make a strong push to privatizing the entire state's public education system. They will back this maneuver by pointing out that the schools aren't making it, all the while ignoring the fact that they are the sole reason why the schools are having problems.
Nice gimmick, isn't it? The Republicans will set up the schools (or any other service that the government provides) for failure by cutting them off at the knees financially. Then when the schools do start to fail, they use that as an excuse to take them over and privatize the schools (or whatever service in question).
Tommy Thompson, Alberta Darling, Margaret Farrow and company did the same thing in the late 1990s to the Milwaukee Child Welfare system. They underfunded Milwaukee County's foster care system, then took it over and privatized it. Today it costs tens of millions of dollars more each year to operate and is actually worse than the underfunded system when Milwaukee County ran it.
Scott Walker also tried to do the same thing as Milwaukee County Executive with the Income Maintenance Program. He severely understaffed it even though it had adequate funding. Then when it inevitably started to fail, he tried to privatize it. Fortunately he was thwarted by the Milwaukee County Board and then by Governor Jim Doyle. Otherwise it would have cost tax payers many millions of dollars as well.
Just when you think that the Republicans have reached the nadir of poor behavior, they always come up with an even lower point. And then they wonder why the people are in open revolt and want to get them out of office with all due haste.