First they came after local control in Milwaukee, now they’re going after Racine, which leaves you wondering who’s next?
A bill currently making its way through the Wisconsin State Legislature will sidestep the democratically elected process of the Racine School Board to fill a vacant seat created by the resignation of a board member earlier in the year. According to the proposed legislation, introduced by Racine Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), an open seat could be unilaterally appointed by the board president, rather than voted on by existing board members, as is currently the case. Passage of the legislation would allow the current board president to install an anti-public education majority on the board. The Racine school board president is taking a page out of the Republican legislators’ playbook, changing the laws to gain majorities and push through unpopular legislation.
This attack on the local control needs to be stopped. The legislation has already passed the Assembly and is awaiting passage in the Senate, which could happen at any hour. It will then go to Governor Walker, who undoubtedly will sign it. This puts an extreme importance on electing pro-public education candidates in 2016 school board elections.