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3/31/2017 7:27:00 AM
'What is best for the children'

To the Editor:

While I don't live in Milwaukee, I grew up there, went to school there, we started a family there. But now it has changed.

Milwaukee Public Schools saw 3,060 students earn their high school diploma in 2015, with a graduation rate of 58.2 percent - making it the most challenged district in the state. "As Milwaukee goes, so goes the state" is an old saying. Clearly, the status quo is not working.

There is a spring election on Tuesday, April 4 that will see a very low turnout. But it is very important for the future. There is a candidate in the race for Wisconsin School Superintendent to run the Department of Public Instruction that needs your attention. Dr. Lowell Holtz has a doctorate in education, was a teacher, a principal of the year, and a district superintendent. But more importantly, he has a track record of turning around problem areas because he can work with teachers and administrators while doing what is best for the children. All children in Wisconsin.

My children are having children now, and my wife and I want what's best for our grandkids. And that is Dr. Lowell Holtz for Wisconsin School Superintendent.

Keith Best


Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Article comment by: Richard Collins

I don't live in Milwaukee either, but our daughter and son-in-law do, and thier three children go to school in Milwaukee public Schools . . . where they are receiving an excellent education.

What Mr. Best ignores is that the top indicator of success in school is family income. The higher the average income in a community, the better the kids do in the schools of that community. Study after study has confirmed that.

Milwaukee is a very poor community. The manufacturing base has been hollowed out, with jobs moving to the suburbs . . . like Waukesha, where Mr. Best lives.

Schools do not operate ina vacuum . . . they reflect the community. When we finally acknowledge that, and decide to help our poorest communities. those communities, and their schools, will thrive.

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