Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Over at the MacIver Institute, I explain why Waukesha School District Superintendent Todd Gray is simply wrong about expanding school choice. I also explain that despite the scary numbers, Gray is just wrong about how much aid a school district should lose when enrollment declines because of choice. Gray does not fully explain that the […]

Waukesha Freeman June 5, 2014 Page A5 Opinion Stabbing answer not on website Macabre tale with no easy answer It’s a macabre tale. One little girl has a party for her 12th birthday. It’s followed by a sleepover with a couple of friends. The next morning the three friends go play in the park. One […]

I received the following email from Waukesha School District Todd Gray yesterday in response to my Thursday column in the Waukesha Freeman. With his permission I’ve posted it below. The district grade to which I referred was actually the letter grades applied by the MacIver Institute to the grading by the Department of Public Instruction. […]

Waukesha School Board member Karin Rajnicek appears in a new video for Governor Scott Walker. Waukesha Patch reports: Waukesha’s newest school board member has been on the board since April, but her face is about to become well known as she appears in an advertisement supporting Gov. Scott Walkeras Democrats look to begin the recall Wisconsin […]

Waukesha School Board member Steve Edlund threatened the Waukesha Common Council Sunday night that if they didn’t do what he said, he would organize a grass-roots effort to reduce the Common Council to seven members. Edlund needs to get a grip on reality. The last time anyone proposed reducing the number of aldermen in the […]

Some Qualified Economic Offers were more equal than others. Residents of the Waukesha school district paid through the nose for teacher salaries that were above and beyond the QEO, and now the union is demanding more as they go to arbitration. Pete Kennedy does a pretty good job of explaining the “lanes” on the salary […]

Candidate for school board Steve Edlund is a siamese twin to controversy. After years of activism in the city and countless open records requests, Edlund is running for office himself. If he wins, there will be a race to see who can hit him with a legitimate open records request first. Because (unlike his opponents) […]

(This appeared in the Waukesha Freeman 12/31/09) Education funding dominated decade    If we were to look for one issue that has dominated Wisconsin politics for much of the decade, education would have to be near the top of the list. How we fund it and how we provide it are the issues that dominate election […]

Let’s take a last look back at 2008 at the eight events that shaped Wisconsin and Waukesha. Waukesha’s Big Eight: 1. The Flood. How often does a city emergency come up where a city handles it well? 2. The Great Lakes Water Compact passes, complete with a process for Waukesha to apply for a diversion. […]

This is Waukesha Superintendent Todd Gray’s first-ever snowstorm as Superintendent of a school district. Will he panic? Will he just flip a coin? Will he face the wrath of the parents if he makes a bad call? It’s going to snow all night long. The kids are counting on you, Mr. Gray. Print this entry