Noth's article deals with the Brookfield native's imperial arrogance and crocodile tears regarding K-12 education in Milwaukee, and his threats to ask that the state go further in taking over Milwaukee Public Schools. Noth rightfully calls out this BS'er for the fool that he is.
On Mike Gousha’s TV talk show July 31, Kooyenga totally misunderstood the strong negative reaction toward his and Alberta Darling’s OSPP, the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program. That fanciful half-baked proposal (now law) would take out of MPS hands a few schools identified as troubled (only it’s getting harder to figure out which are troubled since MPS is actually improving the usual suspects). They would be turned over for private school operation with state money by a commissioner selected by the Milwaukee County executive, currently Chris Abele.Seriously, read the whole thing for your Sunday knowledge. It points out the lie of tools like Kooyenga, who came back from last week's national ALEC convention promising to be "more aggressive" with oversight and demands being put onto MPS in the next session, if given the opportunity. It shows that Kooyenga and other WisGOPs' real goal is to grab power away from the residents of Wisconsin's largest city, and it goes along the ALEC goal of defunding and deforming public education. These double-talkers couldn't care less about dealing with the real reason for dispairities in public education- POVERTY AND ECONOMIC HOPELESSNESS. In fact, suburban GOPs like Koo-Koo want that crippling ghettoization of poverty to continue, because then they and their Bubble World constituents can continue to claim (white) superiority over "those people", and not have to work harder to improve themselves against tougher competition.
Now every knowledgeable educator says a concept without a worked-out plan – and how about a budget? -- will never fly. That’s OSPP. And that’s why MPS offered an alternative that would benefit its education efforts. Everyone except Kooyenga and Darling (K&D) thinks it’s a great idea and would preserve and enhance the MPS – an early childhood education center in the inner city open to the community and dedicated to best practices.
When Demond Means, that Abele appointed commissioner, learned that not only his plan but also this substitute would not fly with the bill’s authors (K & D), he resigned. Kooyenga on Gousha’s show interpreted this as Means being “run out of town” not by K & D but by entrenched forces at MPS – rather than the thousands of parents and teachers who stood up and shouted OSPP down. At several meetings it was like a Capra film. Seldom has Milwaukee seen such community uniformity and involvement.
This opposition called the OSPP what it is: Ineffective, unfunded and patently a takeover effort – another example of gutting local control and treating citizens as plantation slaves who need the master’s direction before they exercise their mental and moral faculties.
I also give Noth credit for not even mentioning Koo-Koo's finest moment, which came just over a year ago on the floor of the State Assembly, where he gave a shit-faced (and wrong-headed) ramble about the state's revenue picture. I wasn't going to be as classy as Dom and allow you to relieve those "35 seconds?" of glory, but apparently Wisconsin Eye has pulled the video.