School reform – Milwaukee Community Journal

Is the disdainful reaction of a state Republican proposal to break up the Milwaukee Public (government) Schools (MPS) by the Negrocracy and educracy premised merely because of the source?

Before you answer that question, consider that our local ‘government’ school system has not closed the academic achievement gap between vanilla and chocolate since the year before the Emancipation Proclamation. And there were probably only three Black people in the state then. At least for African American children who have historically been pawns in a political tug of war which has little to do with academic success, but instead about controlling resources.

And, while the motivations of Republicans over the past three decades have been suspected, the GOP can nonetheless be credited with raising legitimate concerns about the ramifications of educational apartheid, while their counterparts—our Democratic Party ‘saviors’—have hidden their heads in the sand.

I know that’s a hard pill to swallow, but it is nonetheless true, a fact all the more disconcerting because our ‘champions of diversity, equal rights, and coupons to KFC,’ have found themselves in the role of spoiler.

In fact, while Democrats have fought tooth and nail to block anything with a Republican stamp, including several beneficial reforms, they have offered nothing but excuses or ploys as we’ve lost three (or is it four?) generations of Black children.

At the dictate of the teachers’ union, the Dems have essentially positioned themselves in front of the schoolhouse door, offering absolutely nothing to close the racial academic achievement gap. If I’m wrong, correct me. But as I’ve observed it, the Dems have betrayed the trust and we elected them for when it comes to education.

Instead, they have sided with the teachers’ union to maintain a failing status quo, knowing we have nowhere else to go, politically, because we are too afraid or brainwashed to start our own political party.

That’s yet another reason why the Democratic and Negrocracy’s (which is under the thumb of the party) opposition to tearing down the walls of educational apartheid should be taken with a grain of sea salt.

What is the unspoken status of education today?

Well, it was terrible enough before the pandemic, when the Milwaukee government system—aka Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS)—hosted the lowest fourth- and eighth-grade reading proficiency rates for African American children in the entire United States of America.

Hold on, it’s actually more depressing than that.

Milwaukee was (is) also home to the widest racial academic achievement gap in the country and ranks at the bottom in graduation rates, math scores, and sales of Girl Scout cookies.

The pandemic exacerbated that abysmal record.

It was commonly assumed the average Black student was a full year behind their White counterparts. The pandemic and the two-year hiatus from in-person schooling possibly doubled that abysmal reality.

But that’s just a guess because, at the mandate of the local teachers union, MPS has not tested students in the last two years.

Will breaking up MPS into four or more districts close the academic achievement gap?

Who knows, as there are arguments on both sides.

What can’t be disputed is real reform—something drastic—is needed, lest we lose yet another generation of potentially brilliant minds.

Indeed, it seems the only time any genuine discussion is made about the state of education is when the GOP comes up with an idea to address the problem that Democrats, poverty pimps, and the Negrocracy conveniently ignore or dismiss.

(Yeah, even some members of the Negrocracy blame the victims or buckle under the whip of the politicians and missionaries.)

As such, that odor you’ve smelled of late that follows the rhetoric about a MPS break up would ‘resegregate’ the school is nothing more than a ploy to distract from the real issue.

Resegregate MPS? Give me a break. It has never been truly integrated! Even with Judge John Reynolds’s 1976 ‘desegregation’ order (they lied to you when they said it was integration), White flight ensured the goals would never be sustained.

I’ll be honest. I’ve never been a staunch supporter of the so-called integration paradigm as some magical cure-all.

To be truthful, most of those who marched, prayed, and sued MPS before 1976, were not as interested in their children sitting next to a White child as they were with having them gain access to better quality schools—something White students received as a result of privilege and oppression but was denied our children.

Since the shortest month of the year has passed, I’m not allowed by the liberal and progressives to talk about Black History anymore (sneeze), but I would be remiss not to mention the example laid out when John Marshall was built 50 years ago .

By that time, I was attending North Division, which overcame the odds and produced a former school superintendent, first Black congresswoman, and a four-star general, among others.

But they did so despite the facility, which was literally falling down around them. A common joke back in the day was that you could tell a North grad. After all, they were thinner than other students because they were crammed like sardines in a school built for half its number, and if asked, they would say there were only 48 states because their history books were so old.

Across town, the district was constructing a new state-of-the-art school, Marshall, which we were told would be restricted to White students. Yeah, you read that correctly.

In fact, if you read my book, ‘Not Yet Free at Last,’ you’d know segregation was the rule of the day in part because the president of the MPS board declared our children should not be allowed to attend White schools because they they were uncivilized and would probably urinate in the water fountains.

Her remarks, and the refusal of MPS to educate Black children even after desegregation, prompted State Rep. Polly Williams to introduce a bill to carve out a separate Black district, with a new North as the centerpiece.

Oops, sorry again, I forgot the mandate that we can’t talk about any history linked to the Critical Race Theory (yeah, racism vs. race), as it would shoot White Chillins.

Something else came out of that era that could solve the ‘false’ roadblock of a MPS break up, resulting in ‘resegregation’ of the district.

Former state Senator Dennis Conta introduced a district-wide ‘cluster’ program to replace the failing MPS monopoly district.

Under his proposal, MPS would be broken up into smaller districts, including a suburban schools.

Unfortunately (depending on your point of view), the Conta Plan died a horrible death when suburban liberals were forced to pull off their sheets to express their racist opposition to mixing the so-called races.

Since I didn’t see Yeshua’s footprints in the snow, I assume He hasn’t returned and forced the ‘Kloset Klan’ to address their sins. In laymen’s terms, which means I doubt if they will be more accommodating today than yesteryear.

But I wouldn’t mind seeing a revised Conta proposal on the table if for no other reason than to expose their hypocrisy and eliminate the excuse of resegregation.

Other proposals are floating around which deserve consideration by the community.

At least one African American alderman, state representative, and a former MPS superintendent support an initiative to create a community-controlled paradigm for North Division (currently considered the worst high school in the state) that, if successful, could serve as a launching point for similar reforms.

Director Aisha Carr, the only board member, sounding an alarm about the failure of thousands of Black students, is proposing an altered school week providing wrap-around services.

Unfortunately, as the only board member who puts children before the union, I fear she will suffer the same fate as former Director Wendell Harris. He was viciously attacked by fellow board members and the union for putting the interests of Black children before adults with a vested interest in maintaining the failing status quo.

Who knows, maybe we can even use those proposals as a starting point to discuss why we need reform in the first place.

Or, we can continue down this current road ensuring employment for the poverty pimps prison guards.


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