Monday, November 2, 2015

Walker's Act 10 "Tools" getting Cut!!!

The math looks like this (not Common Core):

    Act 10
 - School Referendums
  Big Trouble for Education.

Under a less than blistering barrage of softball questions, State Sen. Duey Stroebel painfully struggled to give even one good reason why adding more big government Republicans regulations would solve what he perceived to be unwarranted tax increases supported by local district voters for their schools.  
A Republican bill in the State Senate would require school boards to hold referendums during traditional fall and spring elections.  It would also prevent school boards from going back to voters for two years following a referendum’s rejection. Senator Duey Stroebel says his proposal protects taxpayers and restores integrity in the referendum process.
Bet you didn't know we had an integrity problem with the referendum process. Hey, wasn't that same excuse Republicans used when they gave us voter ID and replaced the GAB with a partisan elections supervisors (soon anyway)? Yes, and with bigger more complicated big government regulations from our "small government" conservatives.

As you can see by the video graphic below, Stroebel shepherded through a law that reduced voting hours, which had the likely effect of reducing the number of people going to the polls. That's ironic, because what is Duey worried about now; holding school referendums at times when voters are least likely to turn out at the polls.

Dumber still, Stroebel dreads 15 % turnouts in spring time elections, which is just about average (near 20%) for voting that time of year. Not the best argument to make, but then nothing he said to defend his bill on referendums made much sense....from WPR's Joy Cardin Show:

1. Why wait two years for another referendum?
Duey: "They need the time to do that correctly." 
2. So when desperate districts quickly revise their referendums and come back with another one, why is that bad?
Duey: "I don't thinks that's respecting the decision of the electorate in this democratic process."  
3. But it erodes local control, right?
Duey: "Again, we want these elections to be when people turnout, not when they don't turn out, that IS local control." 
It is?

From the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, Dan Rossmiller gave a coherent response to Duey's simplistic lunacy: Referendums were one of the "tools" Walker gave local school districts to use. Duey would take that away.

A caller came up with this slogan, "This sounds like controlling locals, instead of allowing local control." Another caller threw the ball into the voters court, saying those who vote, vote. If it's important to them, they'll turn out:

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