Monday, January 19, 2009

Rose Fernandez in the News

And what is our favorite candidate [1] for state superintendent up to?

In the news, talking about the woeful Milwaukee Public Schools

"The district is really in jeopardy," said Fernandez, a former hospital administrator and ex-president of the Wisconsin Coalition of Virtual School Families. "We've got to get the right people in here."

In proposing an appointed team to take over MPS, Fernandez identified herself [2] as the first candidate in the state superintendent's race to lay out a plan for the district.

She acknowledged her plan would require legislation passed by the state Assembly, Senate and governor - all under Democratic control. But she said such action would be needed to address issues such as low graduation rates, low standardized test scores and skyrocketing retirement costs in MPS.

"This isn't a problem that's easily remedied, but there are proven ways to do a much better job than we're doing here in Milwaukee," Fernandez said. "And, for whatever reason, our Department of Public Instruction has refused to pay any attention or look at ways that they could get involved in providing leadership here."

As they say, read the whole thing. Van Mobley pretty much agrees that Mrs. Fernandez's plan is a good one, and her opponents are quoted as knocking parts of the plan that don't exist.

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Remember: Space4Commerce is not associated with Rose Fernandez or Families for Rose Fernandez.  We just like her a whole bunch.

[1] Rose Fernandez, if you have not been paying attention.
[2] Lazy journalism?  Would it have taken much fact-checking to establish that she in fact IS the first one with a plan?  And so far the only one with a plan?
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