By Bob Peterson (Published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 15, 2015)
During my 30 years of teaching fifth grade, I've always encouraged my students to look critically at problems and to learn from mistakes. Sen. Alberta Darling's and Rep. Dale Kooyenga's plan to take over public schools in Milwaukee does neither.
The few details in their plan provide no framework for actually improving academic achievement. Equally important, the plan ignores the Milwaukee community's experience with similar efforts to dismantle our public schools and undermine our democratic institutions.
There are several glaring problems with the Darling-Kooyenga plan.