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Time for a change in Wisconsin’s educational bureaucracy

By - Mar 20th, 2009 04:47 am
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It is time for a change in Wisconsin’s failing educational system, and even the Wisconsin State Journal agrees

Wisconsin voters have a clear choice in the April 7 race for state superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction.

The race features a consummate and careful insider, Tony Evers, versus a spirited and straightforward outsider, Rose Fernandez.

The State Journal endorses Fernandez.

And they conclude:

Evers is smart and experienced, having worked as a teacher, school administrator and, for the last eight years, as the No. 2 official at the state Department of Public Instruction.

But as DPI chief, he’d be a spokesman for the status quo. His agenda is timid and vague, compared to Fernandez’s. Evers also goes out of his way not to offend the mighty teachers union, which is sure to spend big bucks on behalf of his campaign in the coming weeks.

Fernandez is not a lifelong and well-connected educator. But she has clearly done her homework and is mounting an impressive grassroots campaign. Her experience as a pediatric nurse who managed an emergency trauma unit for children gives her strong leadership skills and a passion for helping kids.

“Lives are on the line in the classroom,” she told the State Journal editorial board this week.

She’s right. Wisconsin has too many dropouts with little hope for a bright future. Wisconsin offers too few approaches to reach children who may learn best in different ways. Wisconsin needs a strong advocate for early education and aggressive attention to Milwaukee public schools.

Fernandez deserves a chance to push for positive change.

I agree! It’s time to Change DPI!

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