Teachers’ union wants to remove school safety officers

Empower Wisconsin | June 9, 2020

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — Madison’s racist teachers union (their words, not ours), has issued a list of demands to the school district, calling for the removal of police officers from the city’s high schools and the hiring of an army of social justice social workers to save the day.

Madison Teachers Inc. in a white guilt-laden statement on anti-racism, insists that, “as a people,” America faces two viruses — COVID-19 and racism.

The union asserts that it’s “not immune to racism.”

“As part of becoming a more anti-racist organization, we claim responsibility for the way we have perpetuated racism in our time, in our spaces, and in our community,” MTI states.

Just how the union perpetuated racism is not clear in the statement, but this pseudo-Ku Klux Klan organization says it’s time to do something about it.

To that end, MTI is demanding the removal of all School Resource Officers from the Madison Metropolitan School District’s four comprehensive high schools. But the union pauses and insists the district shouldn’t can the resource officers until the high schools are “properly staffed with counselors, psychologists, social workers, nurses and mental health specialists” — in accordance with ACLU recommended levels.

Of course the union is bowing to pressure from Black Lives Matter activists and taxpayer-funded anarchists such as Freedom Inc. that have long demanded the end of educational resource officers. These groups have disrupted and shut down school board meetings and threatened opponents in pursuit of their goals.

MTI, of course, knows the people it represents, including black teachers, have been generally supportive of the resource officers, which have made a significant difference in keeping kids safe and schools orderly.

“Historically, MTI has supported School Recourse Officers in our four comprehensive high schools in order to create safe places for our students and staff,” MTI states. 

But the union changed its tune because it “became apparent” that the benefits are outweighed by “the racialized trauma experienced by some of our community of color.”

The answer, according to MTI, is to replace police with social workers and psychologists. Their “social-emotional” training will keep kids safe in school, the union asserts.

Keep in mind, these new education professionals will not replace teachers — the reason why MTI exists.

“MTI demands that this work is not resolved through staff reduction and salary cuts. This work cannot be done on the backs of educators and staffs,” the statement asserts.

The “work” will be done on the backs of taxpayers, as all of the boneheaded woke ideas pitched in liberal Madison schools have been funded.  Per usual, MTI doesn’t concern itself with the details — like dramatic drops in revenue thanks to the pandemic and government lockdowns.

But details don’t matter when you’re atoning for the “stubborn strain of white supremacy and anti-blackness” in our educational systems. Money is no object to useful idiots like MTI.

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