When a conservative media outlet brings up concerns:
Just as the recall petition circulating process was getting underway in November of last year, Media Trackers unearthed privacy concerns over the way information on a recall petition could be used. At the time, Media Trackers pointed out that recall petitions are different than other electoral documents such as voter registration forms and nominating papers, and because of that the information on them could be used against those who sign a petition.
The PolitiFact division of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted the report and chose to review it. They rated the conclusions “Mostly False,” even after agreeing with the substance of Media Trackers’ analysis of the facts and statements related to the issue.
Yet when a liberal group brings up the SAME concerns, there is silence.
Now, two months after the Media Trackers report and PolitiFact’s rating of it, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin is expressing concern over privacy issues and the recall process. In a story reported by TMJ4, WISN-TV, WKOW-TV and WXOW-TV, the ACLU is suggesting that steps need to be taken by the Government Accountability Board to keep the information of domestic abuse victims private even as other signatures are released.
While the Media Trackers report on these concerns earned negative coverage in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, now that a liberal group is echoing those same concerns, the newspaper and other critics of the report at the time are remaining silent.
Shocking the hypocrisy shown by the mainstream media outlets. Just more proof the mainstream media is in the hip pocket of liberals.
As Messmer President and CEO the Rev. Bob Smith often puts it, education isn’t a function of test scores and homework — it’s about making better human beings.
Still Messmer boasts some pretty impressive academic achievements by Milwaukee and national education standard, arguably making the nation’s oldest voucher program a shining example of school choice.
The voucher system, allocating public money to send students — generally poor, minority students — to private, often faith-based, schools, opened in Milwaukee in 1990 when the state, led by then Gov. Tommy Thompson, cleared the way for the Catholic school to accept voucher students.
Robb said the early years were a struggle, a time of anxiety, when faculty, parents and students wondered whether the whims of politics would change its voucher status.
The U.S. Supreme Courtultimately decided the constitutionality of the question early last decade, just as school choice programs continued to expand.
No doubt some have been controversial, and some have failed during the past two decades, but there is no questioning the growth of school choice initiatives in Wisconsin and nationwide.
Parent interest in school choice has soared since the voucher program was implemented in Milwaukee.
In Milwaukee, 47 percent of students in the district attend a choice program outside traditional public programs, said Terry Brown, vice president of School Choice Wisconsin, which advocates for choice in education.
Some 6,400 students last year attended independent charter schools, funded by state education dollars but not affiliated with the public school system.
The Catholic school itself has seen its voucher enrollment, which comprises about 90 percent of its student count, climb from dozens of students in 1990 to just under 1,700 students on three campuses, with waiting lists each of the past seven years, Robb said.
Despite this success, there are the usual suspects who are critical of the program.
“If people want to operate private schools they should operate private schools. People are not paying property taxes to go to the private sector,” said John Matthews, executive director of Madison Teacher’s Inc., the teachers union in theMadison Metropolitan School District.
For Matthews and other critics of school choice programs, the broader problem with independent charters is that they are not organized by the same organizational structures as public school systems, and that leads to a question of accountability.
There also have been concerns that privately run schools on the public dime have been allowed to “cherry pick” their students, selecting the best achievers, leaving behind special needs populations.
The American Civil Liberties Union,or ACLU, along with groups like Disability Rights Wisconsin, last year filed a discrimination lawsuit against Messmer and other voucher schools, as well as DPI and the state, arguing the system “discriminated against students with disabilities”.
Ultimately it’s baseless criticism based on misconceptions.
Messmer’s enrollment includes about 150 students classified under special needs criteria, Robb said.
And, charter schools are bound to take in black and Hispanic students, among the poorest of the poor in Milwaukee. Messmer’s free-and-reduced lunch population has approached 90 percent.
In the end school choice continues to see success because it ends the “monopoly” known as public education.
The success of school choice programs, Brown said, boils down to consumer confidence.
“I think parents vote with their feet, not only when it comes to the academics of the school but the safety of the school and the character of the school,” he said.
Groups like School Choice Wisconsin say competition in America’s bruised education system is not only good for students and families, it’s good for public education. The more choice — the more success outside the traditional public school system — the greater the education success at large, they argue.
Brown and other choice proponents assert education unions have stymied success in a public school system that is stuck in 19th century state of mind. He said too many in public education want to “protect a monopoly.”
But why not fix the existing public education system, at the very least devoting the public money from choice programs into public schools? That’s a question choice critics have long asked.
“As a state we need to remind ourselves that while parents obviously support the roll of governmental funding in education, that doesn’t equal parental support of the government to run everything in schools,” Brown said.
Understanding the success of school choice has seen in Milwaukee and recognizing the misconceptions pushed by critics are the key to getting strong public support for expanding the program to cities like Green Bay.
Discover the benefits of private education during School Choice Week which runs through January 28.
Seems Sheriff Joe isn’t the only sheriff in Arizona upset with how the Feds are handling illegal immigration.
Sheriff Paul Babeu is hopping mad at the federal government.
Babeu told CNSNews.com that rather than help law enforcement in Arizona stop the hundreds of thousands of people who come into the United States illegally, the federal government is targeting the state and its law enforcement personnel.
“What’s very troubling is the fact that at a time when we in law enforcement and our state need help from the federal government, instead of sending help they put up billboard-size signs warning our citizens to stay out of the desert in my county because of dangerous drug and human smuggling and weapons and bandits and all these other things and then, behind that, they drag us into court with the ACLU,” Babeu said.
The sheriff was referring to the law suits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the U.S. Department of Justice challenging the state’s new immigration law.
“So who has partnered with the ACLU?” Babeu said in a telephone interview with CNSNews.com. “It’s the president and (Attorney General) Eric Holder himself. And that’s simply outrageous.”
Last week, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton placed a temporary injunction on portions of the bill that allowed law enforcement personnel during the course of a criminal investigation who have probable cause to think an individual is in the country illegally to check immigration status. The state of Arizona filed an appeal on Thursday with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
“Our own government has become our enemy and is taking us to court at a time when we need help,” Babeu said. (Source: CNSNews)
These sheriffs are on the front lines in Arizona. When they say OUR NATIONAL SECURITY IS AT RISK due to illegal immigration take them at their word.
Critics have said the law, which requires local law enforcement to check the immigration status of people stopped for other reasons, opens the door to warrantless arrests simply for looking like an illegal immigrant, but proponents note that the law specifically forbids racial profiling.
And Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the law in April, fought back Wednesday against the ACLU‘s new alert. Her office issued a statement saying that the ACLU’s actions proved how “hopelessly out of touch they are with the vast majority of Arizonans, as well as most Americans.”
“The legislation includes very specific language that makes it abundantly clear that racial profiling is and will continue to be illegal in Arizona,” Brewer spokesman Paul Senseman said. “Instead of spreading fear, hate, and disinformation about the legislation, it would be helpful for the ACLU to instead join Governor Brewer’s demand that the federal government stop discussing and begin implementing an honest plan to secure our nation’s border.”
American Civil Liberties Union affiliates in Arizona, New Mexico and 26 other states put out the warnings in advance of the Fourth of July weekend. The Arizona chapter has received reports that law enforcement officers are already targeting some people even though the law doesn’t take effect until July 29, its executive director said. (Source: Fox News)