Tool of the Week: Bumbling state educrats

Empower Wisconsin | Sept. 16, 2019

This week, the tool is an entire state agency

And that agency is the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

The fact that six in 10 of the state’s K-12 students can’t read, write or solve a math problem at grade level, and that DPI educrats insist more record education spending is the fix, certainly makes the agency tool-worthy.

But a press briefing last week before DPI’s release of state testing results exposed the agency’s true toolness. (It also shined a light on the mainstream media’s whiney sense of entitlement.)

DPI officials told reporters they would only receive advance copies of statewide testing scores, embargoed until early Thursday morning. The agency would release district- and school-level data after stories were filed.

The press was apoplectic. DPI previously had provided all of the information well enough in advance that newspapers could set up their data-heavy pages long before press time. DPI officials sounded incredulous, like the policy was new to them. They asked reporters to show them previous embargoed press releases to prove such advance notice had ever happened.

When begrudgingly convinced, the educrats scurried to get the full information out by afternoon to quell angry mainstream media outlets upset they weren’t receiving their usual access — something conservative media outlets have regularly encountered in the Gov. Tony Evers era.

Is it any wonder so many Wisconsin students are failing to make the grade? The people running the state’s public education programs can’t even agree on when to send out their lousy report cards.

And that’s why DPI is Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week.

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  1. ConLawyer.2 Avatar
    ConLawyer.2

    Q: Are the allegedly mainstream press outlets going to continue to consume the crap sandwiches this administration is feeding and will feed them [similar to the way they genuflected before the Great and Exalted Community Organizer]? Or will they decide that they actually want to be part of a FREE press that holds government [irrespective of party] responsible? Evers & Co. are cogs in the DUM /lefty machine. They are arrogant, possessing an absolutely foundation-less belief that they are somehow morally and intellectually superior to the great unwashed masses over whom they seek to RULE, not govern. What will the established media outlets do once the overlords deem their services no longer viable? A right surrendered almost always requires blood shed to recover it. It is an axiom of history that the ruling class does not willingly surrender its position.

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