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System failings on display

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They might be right about turnips and blood

By Jeffry Gardner

The failings of America’s public education system are, I suppose, clearly on display in Wisconsin.
In recent weeks that state’s governor, Scott Walker, has found himself embroiled in a battle that, given the merits of the case, seems to fly in the face of common sense.
Wisconsin, like New Mexico, like Illinois, like California, like Indiana – ay yi yi, we could go on, yes? – is basically broke. In the red. Still, thousands of public employees have stormed its capitol in Madison and demanded more.
This is a very simple summary of the battle between Wisconsin public service unions and the governor. More specifically, between Wisconsin teachers who, in essence, are holding parents and children hostage until they get what they want.
To understand the situation Walker is in, one needs only take a peek at what’s going on right here. Gov. Susana Martinez inherited a budget shortfall. (I don’t pity her much, of course, because it wasn’t a real secret, and she spent a long time fighting to get the job.)
Looming was the prospect of teacher layoffs. Martinez, like Walker, has danced about trying to avoid that fate.


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