The school district for West Bend, Wisconsin, is looking for a new superintendent. The old one is stepping down after having used Scott Walker's Act 10 to drive the district into the ground and to an article about whether or not the three finalists to be the new superintendent had signed the petition to recall Walker.
No word on qualifications. Just whether or not they signed the recall petition.
Right wing blatherer and plantation economist Owen "Old Lady" Robinson celebrates the news that none of the finalists signed the petition and calls the question an important litmus test for the candidates:
In the comments of the post at the Washington County Insider, former West Bend Mayor Kristine Deiss asks, “What has whether or not they signed the Walker recall got to do with being qualified for the job? I would hope our School Board did not ask this question.”
It’s a valid question, but it is important and I do hope that the School Board asks about it. Act 10 is the single-most important school reform in this millennium (it sure sounds impressive that way, doesn’t it?). We need to know if the incoming superintendent view Act 10 as a detriment to public education or as a tool with which to make the West Bend School District better. Given that the citizens of the district overwhelmingly support Act 10 and turned out in huge numbers to vote for Governor Walker during the recall election, a new superintendent who hates Act 10 will come in immediately out of a step with the community he or she is supposed to serve.
So yes… ask the question. Do the due diligence.
As if this display of McCarthyism wasn't vulgar enough, Robinson does it on Memorial Day weekend.
Memorial Day is the time that the nation stops and joins together in paying tribute to the brave men and women who have given their all to protect the rights and freedoms that we all enjoy today.
Robinson, of all people, being a veteran himself, should know that.
Yet here he is, demanding that a candidate to lead his community's school district have shown their fealty to the present regime. Apparently, being qualified as an educator and a leader is secondary to needing to know whether or not they are loyal to the petty tyrant, Scott Walker. Instead of celebrating freedom, Robinson is trying to enforce fascism.
Robinson should write an open letter of apology to the families of our fallen veterans for showing such disrespect to the sacrifices their loved ones had made for us all. But he won't. That would require an ounce of decency.
Crossposted from Cog Dis.