Another One Bites The Dust At MPS

Another One Bites The Dust At MPS

By Jeff Wagner. CREATED Feb 17, 2014

Reports say that MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton is bailing after recently signing a contract extension to stay through 2016.

Chalk another one up for Milwaukee's status quo.  You know, the toxic mix of union toadies, the educational establishment and the hacks that largely populate the Milwaukee Public School Board. The people that care more about preserving whatever it is that they have than educating the children of Milwaukee.

While Gregory Thornton certainly could have aimed higher, I always thought he did the best he could. When you have everyone around you completely invested in a sinking ship, it's tough to bring about the type of radical change that MPS needs.

Tom Barrett worries that with the demise of residency rules, public employees will head for the exits as soon as possible.  If this occurs, it will be in large part because they don't want to have their children trapped in a failing school system.

Here's the bottom line. Nobody, not Gregory Thornton or Clark Kent, can save MPS from itself until MPS realizes that it has a problem.  Kind of like an alcoholic not seeking help until he hits rock bottom. Still, if we're not at rock bottom now, when will we be?

By the way, the answer isn't continuing to throw money at MPS.  We already spend a ton of money and have shockingly little to show for it?

So where do we go from here?  Post-Thornton, is there anything that anyone can do to help give all students at MPS a chance at a decent education?

We'll talk about the future of MPS during the 2 p.m. hour of Tuesday's radio show.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section - and be sure to check back later to hear a replay of the segment. 








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Jeff Wagner recently completed his 15th year as a talk show host at 620 WTMJ. Jeff's show, which airs Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m., features stories which you might not have heard about elsewhere and emphasizes Jeff's common sense approach to issues.