|Rebecca Kemble captured this shot of former Assembly |
Speakers & current school privatization lobbyists
Jensen, Gard & Fitzgerald at the Wisconsin Assembly
swearing-in on Jan. 5, 2015 that says everything you
need to know about Monday's inauguration of a
Republican majority in Wisconsin:
The anti-education lobbyists stand guard over their charges.
"WE ARE WATCHING," they say with their menacing glares.
"SO ARE WE," say the rest of us.
Now that Walker has held his
Because my job in this blog is TO KEEP YOU INFORMED of what's at stake for public schools and local communities as we learn the details of what will be passed by the tea-party led Republican majority as the Governor launches his
And get ready, folks.
The fight for public schools is about to get a lot uglier here in Wisconsin.
But my job is also to KEEP THE PEOPLE WHO WORK FOR US INFORMED of what we want and what we think of the job they're doing representing us and our collective interests (because that is their job after all). And to that aim, I have a special request for all supporters of public education in Wisconsin: please take this survey.
|both photos: Rebecca Kemble|
The survey, from School Funding Reform for Wisconsin, takes about five minutes to complete and will help the group make a sound, well-supported case before the legislature of the need for fair and equitable funding for our public schools based on community input from around the state. From the organizers:
This is a very important pre-step to fighting the regressive legislation we know is in store for the 2015 session and the next biennial budget, so - again - please take this survey. It's an easy way to start speaking out and let your voice be heard.The link to the survey is:
We hope that you will take the survey and share it with others. Please note that the purpose of this survey is NOT to provide a statistically-significant sampling of respondents. Instead, this survey's purpose is to reach out to public school supporters in order to:1. engage - get community members' attention with some thought-provoking facts.2. educate - provide facts - and links to additional facts - for community members to become better informed about vouchers and other efforts to privatize our public schools.3. empower - provide a means for those who are concerned to stay informed and take action against proposed legislation.
We will share the survey results with legislators and the public during the coming months.
We're going to have to speak up a lot over the next months. I'm ready. Hope you are, too.
The Constitution speaks for itself: LOCALLY CONTROLLED district schools. As uniform as practicable. Free and without charge for tuition. No sectarian instruction allowed therein.