Wisconsin

Wisconsin Elementary School Bans Fall Festival Costumes

First, they banned Halloween. Now, Hillcrest Elementary School in Waukesha, Wisconsin is banning fall festival costumes — all because of inclusivity. “To maximize that fun and time of fall fest, we are going to ask families to not send costumes this year,” read a letter sent to parents. “We want to be inclusive of all families including those families who don’t celebrate Halloween or find purchasing a costume a hardship.” School leaders did not say who they were trying to appease by banning the costumes. Parents say the grade school is taking all the fun out of the holiday. “This is something that I know the kids look forward to every year,” Jeremy Watson told WTMJ. “I just think it’s sad,” added parent Crystal Landry. “I think that there’s different paths they could have gone down instead of just canceling the whole thing all together.” The principal told the television station they ended the longtime tradition because some families don’t celebrate Halloween “and because of the challenges with teachers having to manage all of the students changing in and out of costumes.”

More political correctness gone crazy..  Unreal..

Foxconn announces $10 billion investment in Wisconsin and up to 13,000 jobs

Foxconn Technology Group Wednesday pledged to invest $10 billion to build a display panel plant in Wisconsin that could employ up to 13,000 workers and draw up to $3 billion in subsidies from state taxpayers — a deal that could ripple through the economy and 2018 elections. “This is a great day for American workers and manufacturers and everyone who believes in the concept and the label ‘Made in the USA,’ ” said an ebullient President Donald Trump at the White House announcement.

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Madison, WI schools block social media access for students

The Madison, Wisconsin school district is blocking students’ access to social media sites at several schools during the school day as part of a pilot project aimed at reengaging students. School officials at East High School and Wright and Cherokee Middle Schools killed access to Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and dozens of other social media sites on May 1, and West High School followed suit on Monday. The plan is to track students at the schools through the end of the year to determine if the change made any impact on student behavior, academics, and school safety, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. “Our students who are the most disengaged are typically the ones who are stuck on their phones and walking the halls with their heads down,” East High School Principal Mike Hernandez said. “I call it the zombie walk, and unfortunately it can lead to students making poor choices on social media with Instagram and Facebook Live.” The reaction from students and parents is mixed, with some recognizing the need to crack down on bullying that often takes place online and others who believe the censorship goes too far, Fox 61 reports. “A few students and a few adults have come to me and said, ‘What you’re doing is wrong,’” Hernandez said. “Some questioned whether we shouldn’t be more about teaching how to use the Internet responsibly. “And yes, but it’s a two-way street,” he said. “We also have to make sure they understand algebra.” The social media blackouts will apply to each school’s free WiFi service, but will not block access to sites accessed through personal cellular data plans.

Sooo… Any whining is bs.  We applaud this Madison, WI school district for doing this.  Kids need to be focused on their school work; NOT FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram and the rest of them.

High schooler’s choice of KKK costume for history presentation sparks uproar

A Wisconsin high school student got a lesson in public outrage Monday, after he made a presentation to his English class wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit. The garb worn by the unnamed student at Westosha Central High School in Salem was meant to lend historical accuracy to the presentation. But it created an uproar after photos were posted on social media on Monday, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. One image was retweeted more than 100 times. Photos showed the student wearing a white sheet with holes cut out for the eyes and nose. A screen behind the student displays the words “Crime in the 1920s.” The incident going viral angered parents and students, leading Westosha Central principal Lisa Albrecht to respond. “As any of you would be, I was appalled by the photo,” Albrecht said in a statement. The school also responded Monday with a Facebook post that has since been removed for reasons that were not immediately clear. One student in the class told the Journal-Sentinel that their 11th grade honors English class had been reading “The Great Gatsby” and that they were given an assignment to research topics related to the 1920s. The student at the center of the controversy had focused his assignment on crime during the era, but reportedly did not detail Klan activity as part of his presentation. “There was only a student teacher in the room at the time and she never told him to take it off, however she did talk to him after class,” the student told the newspaper. It was not known if the student faces disciplinary action.

Let’s hope not!  The Klan had a membership of around 4-5 million in the 1920s, and included many prominent businessmen, as well as politicians…including a few governors.  And, while maybe not very well coordinated, or thought through, the kid was st least trying to add some historical accuracy to the presentation.  So, kudos to him for his efforts.  There is no reason to discipline him whatsoever.  It is this self-righteous, cowardly principal that should be admonished for caving to the pressures of political correctness, and throwing the poor kid under the bus like that.  The Klan was a very large organization in the 1920s.  That’s just historical fact.  People need to get over it.  Unreal..

Arrest of ‘anti-racism’ graffiti vandal sparks uproar at University of Wisconsin

The writing is on the wall when it comes to the University of Wisconsin’s stance on “anti-racist” graffiti, but some students and faculty reportedly sided with the alleged vandal instead of the law. Campus police last week capped a six-month investigation into a wave of graffiti, arresting a senior as he sat in Afro-American Studies class at the Madison campus. The messages he allegedly spray-painted around campus, which included “F— the Police,” cost $4,000 to clean up, according to police. “Graffiti is criminal vandalism and we act on these crimes regardless of the content,” said campus Police Chief Susan Riseling. The police chief did apologize for disruption caused by the arrest of Denzel McDonald, but said in a statement that efforts to apprehend him outside of class were unsuccessful and that officers did not realize class had begun. But McDonald’s supporters on campus were upset that he was arrested at all, according to Inside Higher Ed. “The university is more interested in protecting the symbols of UW as a progressive institution, like their buildings and (mascot) Bucky, rather than the students who are actually fighting for social change, and apparently their lives,” Professor Johanna Almiron, whose class was interrupted by the arrest, said in a letter of protest signed by 700 students and faculty. “The way UWPD officers entered my class was very aggressive, with bulletproof vests and guns visible. I cannot believe they humiliated and terrified my students.” The 11 messages McDonald allegedly spray painted around campus also included, “Racizm in the air. Don’t breathe,-God” and “White supremacy is a disease.” McDonald was subsequently arrested on 11 preliminary counts of vandalism and one count of disorderly conduct, for allegedly threatening to kill someone who saw him painting the graffiti. Prosecutors have not yet formally charged McDonald, who has been released on bail. Almiron and other faculty members have asked that McDonald be “given immunity from expulsion,” and called the police response to the graffiti overzealous.

Hardly.  This punk should be charged for all his acts of vandalism, and in addition to whatever penalty or jail time he receives for those charges, he should be forced to pay back the cost ($4K) of cleaning up his crap.  Then, the Univ. of WI should expel him.  The cops did their job, and have nothing to apologize for. In addition, this namby-pamby professor should be disciplined for her lack of professionalism (i.e.signing some silly petition and standing up for this kid’s criminal mischief, etc.).  It is NOT about what the kid’s message was at all.  It was about his criminal activity.  Period.

Starnes: High school wants to shut down off-campus ‘Jesus Lunch’

There’s a religious liberty standoff underway in Middleton, Wisconsin. On one side is a group of Christian moms armed with Chick-fil-A sandwiches and 400 homemade brownies. On the other side are public school administrators who believe that Jesus and plump juicy chicken breasts are “divisive.” The controversy surrounds an off-campus lunch event involving students at Middleton High School known as “Jesus Lunch.” The high school allows students to eat lunch off-campus. In 2014 a small group of parents began meeting with their children in a nearby park — providing home cooked meals along with a Christian-themed, inspirational message. The small weekly gatherings in the fall and spring eventually morphed into a popular gathering spot for hungry kids — with nearly 500 turning out for all sorts of goodies — ranging from Chick-fil-A sandwiches and fresh fruit to hundreds of homemade brownies. “We show up every week just to show the love of Jesus,” parent Beth Williams told me. “Our mission statement for Jesus Lunch is ‘food for the body, nutrition for the soul.’” Superintendent Donald Johnson and Principal Stephen Plank called the off-campus religious gatherings “divisive” and they want the weekly non-denominational meetings shut down. “We believe that religious or political events do not have a place in our school or on our campus, except when sponsored by a student group in accordance with our rules, which require prior approval,” the pair wrote in an email sent to parents on April 12. The district accused the moms of violating all sorts of rules — especially in the area of food preparation. They implied the parents are putting their children in danger by hosting the weekly picnics. “The policies in question include food handling, visitors to campus, and expectations around student organized events,” the administrators wrote. “We are in no way interested in opposing religious practice in otherwise legal circumstances.” The district said parents are ignoring “food handling standards.” “Food of any kind that is served to students must be approved by the school/district to ensure food safety, cleanliness and health,” they wrote. “In addition, many students are subject to food allergies, so additional protocols must be followed to safeguard students with these conditions.” I grew up in the Deep South. Had a school administrator slandered the great homemakers in my town like they did in Middleton — they would’ve been facing a mob armed with cast iron skillets. “These are mothers,” attorney Phillip Stamman told me. “they are spending all their time and effort to show love for these kids and now they are being attacked by a superintendent and principal — trying to intimidate them.” Stamman is representing the moms as they figure out how to respond to the school district’s hostility towards home-cooking and Jesus. “The [school district] is going after them because they are spreading a religious message,” Stamman tells me. “They are upset because they are sharing Christianity.” The attorney has a valid point. What if it had been a gathering of students protected under “non-discrimination laws”? I suspect the district would not only have approved the gathering — but also endorsed it. And their argument over the safety of the food is a bit of a stretch. The district doesn’t seem to have a problem with kids going to McDonalds or Taco Bell. So why are they so bothered by youngsters gathering off campus in a public park? Well, the district is arguing that the public park is technically off campus. They have a lease agreement with the city that allows them to use the park during school hours. So the district contends the moms and their offspring are technically on school property. “The parents contend that it is their First Amendment Right to provide free food and hold a religiously oriented event on this property during school hours,” the administrators wrote. “The District believes that we have jurisdiction of this leased property, which is part of our campus.” The moms believe that even though there is a lease agreement — that doesn’t make the public space off-limits. “Fireman’s Park — a public park owned by the City of Middleton — remains accessible to everyone in the public for the purposes of assembly and free speech,” they wrote in a statement. “By law, the lease agreement between the city and the School District of Middleton does not privatize the park. The City of Middleton has sent us a letter this week and acknowledged our rental agreement of the pavilion at Fireman’s Park.” So hence, the standoff — between the goodhearted moms and a bunch of public school administrative bullies who don’t under the concept of free speech or religious liberty. I suspect the principal and superintendent are about to discover a valuable life lesson. You don’t tug on Superman’s cape and you don’t mess with a bunch of moms armed with homemade brownies. -Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio stations. His latest book is “God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values.” Follow Todd on Twitter@ToddStarnes and find him on Facebook

Court strikes down Wisconsin right-to-work law

Wisconsin’s right-to-work law, championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker as he was mounting his run for president, was struck down Friday as violating the state constitution. Attorney General Brad Schimel, also a Republican, promised to appeal the decision and said he was confident it would not stand, noting that no similar law has been struck down in any other state. Schimel has not decided whether to seek an immediate suspension of the ruling while the appeal is pending, spokesman Johnny Koremenos said. “We are confident Wisconsin’s freedom-to-work law is constitutional and will ultimately be upheld,” Walker wrote on Twitter. Three unions filed the lawsuit last year shortly after Walker signed the bill into law. Right-to-work laws prohibit businesses and unions from reaching agreements that require all workers, not just union members, to pay union dues. Twenty-five other states have such laws. The unions argued that Wisconsin’s law was an unconstitutional seizure of union property since unions now must extend benefits to workers who don’t pay dues. Dane County Circuit Judge William Foust agreed. He said the law amounts to the government taking union funds without compensation since under the law unions must represent people who don’t pay dues. That presents an existential threat to unions, Foust wrote. “While (union) losses today could be characterized by some as minor, they are not isolated and the impact of (the law) over time is threatening to the unions’ very economic viability,” he wrote. Foust noted that no other state court had struck down a right-to-work law on those grounds, but said he wasn’t obligated to follow other states. Republicans who backed the law dismissed the ruling, saying it will be reversed. “Once again, a liberal Dane County judge is trying to legislate from the bench,” Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said in a statement. “No one should be forced to join a union or pay union dues as a condition of employment.”

Agreed.  But, it’s no matter.  This ridiculous ruling will be reversed.  Stay tuned…

Immigration activists vow to fight for ID cards after Wisconsin legislators pass bill banning them

Immigrants’ rights supporters lost a key battle to get ID cards for people who are living in the U.S. illegally when the Wisconsin Legislature passed a bill to ban counties issuing such cards, but activists say they’re not giving up the fight. Led by Voces de la Frontera, advocates hope a sustained show of force — which started with a major protest at the state Capitol last month — will prompt Gov. Scott Walker to veto the measure. If that doesn’t work, they say they’re going to shift their focus to cities with significant Latino populations, such as Milwaukee and Madison. Supporters say local ID cardholders would be able to open bank accounts, enter schools and accurately identify themselves to police, among other benefits. But opponents say the Republican-sponsored proposal will prevent fraud and confusion, because the cards are easy to fake and counties don’t have the authority to issue such documentation. “We already issue state ID,” Sen. Van Wanggaard said, adding that a new form of identification “creates a problem of having credibility.” The issue highlights continued efforts to bring immigrant communities into the mainstream in Wisconsin and elsewhere around the nation, and the resistance of political leaders, such as Wanggaard, who say immigrants shouldn’t be rewarded for entering the country illegally.

Exactly!!  Kudos to the Wisconsin state legislature for passing this!  Let’s hope Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) signs it into law.  We’ll, of course, be keeping an eye on this story as it develops..

Students advised to stop chanting ‘U-S-A, U-S-A’ and ‘air ball’

The wussification of Wisconsin has begun. Last month the state’s governing body for high school athletics declared that chanting “U-S-A, U-S-A,” is unsportsmanlike behavior. The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association also directed schools to stop fans from booing, or chanting “Air Ball,” “Season’s Over,” “Fundamentals,” “Scoreboard,” and “Over-Rated.” “Any action directed at opposing teams or their spectators with the intent to taunt, disrespect, distract or entice an unsporting behavior in response is not acceptable sportsmanship,” the WIAA wrote in an email obtained by the Post-Crescent. “Student groups, school administrators and event managers should take immediate steps to correct this unsporting behavior.” I should point out that a spokesman for the WIAA told television station WISC that the sportsmanship guidelines are a point of reference and “not a requirement.” “It’s up to each school or district to create their own sportsmanship conduct policies and enforcing them with appropriate consequences,” the spokesman told the television station.” Wisconsin’s football stadiums, basketball arenas and wrestling mats have become safe spaces for the perpetually-offended generation. Vince Lombardi must be rolling over in his grave. Oh, you should see the 40-page sportsmanship manual complied by the fragile snowflakes at the WIAA. Take, for example, the section that frowns on “booing of any kind.” “If errors in judgment is (sic) made, all are human and we must accept that. Individuals do the best to execute in a way they’ve been trained,” the WIAA wrote. They also took issue with the “Na Na Na Na – Hey Hey Hey Goodbye” song. They called it “taunting and disrespectful.” The WIAA found the “U-S-A” chant to be problematic, too – along with “any acronym of derogatory language or innuendo.” Their guidelines became national news after a high school basketball player got in trouble for posting a profane message about the sportsmanship rules on her Twitter account. April Gehl, an honor’s student and basketball standout at Hilbert High School, suggested the WIAA should (let me put this delicately) eat excrement. Based on national media coverage, her opinion was shared by many. Nevertheless, April was suspended for five games. Her family does not plan on appealing the decision. Paul Ackley is the athletic director at McFarland High School. He told WISC that he supports the recommendations. “If a kid gets an answer wrong on the white board, they’re not going to start chanting, ‘You can’t do that,’” he said. “This is not Division I athletics. This is an extension of the classroom and it’s education-based.” What in the name of Bear Bryant is going on Wisconsin? Granted, you don’t want the children hollering out profanities and running around the gym buck-naked. But, these guidelines are not so much about sportsmanship as they are about political correctness. We’re talking about high school basketball. It’s not a croquet match. In 2014, former NBA star Dennis Rodman participated in a bizarre basketball game in North Korea. Remember how the fans sat quietly in the stands and only applauded when instructed to by the government? Take a good look, America. That’s the future of high school athletics in the Badger State. -Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary, heard on hundreds of radio stations. His latest book is “God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values.” Follow Todd on Twitter@ToddStarnes and find him on Facebook.

As usual, Todd Starnes knocks it right out of the park.  He is exactly right in that this isn’t about sportsmanship (which we’d ALL like to see more of!), as it is political correctness.

Threatened with lawsuit, Wisconsin district cancels reading of book about transgender girl

A southern Wisconsin school district has cancelled plans for elementary school students to read a children’s book about a transgender girl after a group threatened to sue. The Capital Times reports (http://bit.ly/1TadnaG ) that the Mount Horeb Area School District released a statement saying it won’t proceed with its planned reading of “I Am Jazz.” Parents were told last week that Mount Horeb Primary Center students would read the book because one student identifies as a girl but was born with male anatomy. A Florida-based group, the Liberty Counsel, threatened to sue, saying concerned parents had reached out and that reading the book would violate parental rights.

Yeah!  No kidding!  Because one little elementary kid “identifies” with another gender is NO reason for a school to change it’s curriculum to pander to this disturbed kid.  And, it’s grossly unfair to the rest of the kids, and their parents, to impose this nonsense on them.  So, smart move by this school district, and kudos to the Liberty Counsel for helping these parents stand up to the fascist administrators in this school district.