Yes, Blaska would be a disaster on the School Board. The Caffeinated Politics author shows a pitfall of spouting off on a topic about which you know nothing. You could end up embarrassing yourself. Both he and Blaska would benefit from actually visiting one of our schools. I suggest they check Google Maps for the location of East.
As to Snoqueen’s question about Ali Muldrow: First, it is preposterous to compare her to Betsy DeVos, if that is the intent. There certainly are those who believe that sending kids anywhere other than MMSD schools is an automatic disqualifier for candidates for school board. I think that is overly simplistic. MTI apparently agrees, as they have endorsed Ali.
In Ali’s case, her daughter began pre-K at an MMSD school but had a very hard time there. Her parents were able to send her to Isthmus Montessori, which apparently has been a much better environment for her. I doubt that there are many parents who would blame Ali for making that move, nor does it seem like the kind of thing that would disqualify her from the Board. One could argue that it gives her more insight than Board members who haven’t had that kind of first-hand experience with our schools.
Ali did work to make Isthmus Montessori an MMSD charter school. It should be one today, but the Board ultimately flip-flopped and revoked the approval-in-principle that had previously passed on a 6-1 vote.
Ali is a graduate of Madison East and has taught classes there. Her partner works in an MMSD school. Ali does important work with GSAFE. Tony Evers appointed her to his Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Policy Advisory Council.
Most significantly for me, I found Ali to be very impressive and gracious when we were both School Board candidates two years ago. (I don’t think she ever said a negative word about her opponent in that race, Kate Toews.) I don’t agree with all her specific positions. But that’s okay with me because individual Board members don’t have the power to accomplish anything on their own. More important is how they approach working together with other Board members and the superintendent and staff.
I think Ali would be open-minded and realistic, while advocating for her views. She would be a good colleague for her fellow Board members and she would add a valuable perspective to the Board. I would have liked to have served with her.