Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Mathias says elections are answer to MPS, not problem

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Mike Mathias, blogger and friend of this blog, is running for school board in Milwaukee against Charlene Hardin. He has an op-ed in tomorrow’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel arguing elections are not the problem of MPS.

Don’t get me wrong: Every good idea for fixing MPS ought to be on the table, including lifting the residency rule for MPS teachers, adopting a uniform curriculum and increasing state aid for special education students.

But an appointed board would just exchange one political process for another – and could have the effect of leaving voters with little recourse if they don’t like actions taken by the new body.

I respect Barrett and agree that MPS is in need of reform. But we shouldn’t let a few bad apples on the board serve as an excuse for abandoning direct elections. Let voters sort it out.

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