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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Group founded by conservative MPS board member Bruce Thompson gets caught

Remember Advocates for Student Achievement (ASA), the conservative-backed “reform” group that recruited and trained candidates for the 2009 MPS board elections? It took almost a year, but the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office charged Advocates for Student Achievement PAC and ASA-MKE Inc. with seven violations in a civil complaint made public...
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009

Issue of the Week, Hero and Jerk of the Week

Issue of the Week City of Milwaukee-Operated Schools vs. Milwaukee Public Schools Everyone agrees that MPS needs reform. But what kind of reform will best serve the educational needs of the stude
03.17.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
To the editors: In response to your article, �Connecting the Dots,� which appeared in the March 4, 2009, issue of the Shepherd Express, I think some clarifications should be made. It seems that one person in particular has needlessly drawn journalistic fire�Eric Hogensen. I think that fire is misplaced. Instead of talking about the issues that plague Milwaukee�s schools, you inadvertent...
03.20.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
A controversial �reform� group involved in the Milwaukee Public Schools campaigns�Advocates for Student Achievement (ASA)�is the target of a complaint by Citizen Action of Wisconsin. The complaint, filed with the state Government Accountability Board this week, alleges that ASA and three candidates for the MPS board have not properly disclosed all of their activities. Accordi...
03.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
Thought that the controversial anti-incumbent, anti-union �reform� group Advocates for Student Achievement (ASA) was up to more than they were letting on? Well, according to the e-mails they posted on their Yahoo Group, they were. The unidentified yet highly resourceful and entertaining blogger SixandSevens has posted some of them online at DailyKos.com. The gist of the e-mail...
03.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
To the Editor: We are dismayed by the Shepherd’s biased reporting of the MPS school board contest between ReDonna Rodgers and Peter Blewett, and deeply offended by the mischaracterization of Ms. Rodgers. For more than 20 years, ReDonna Rodgers has been a widely respected member of the Milwaukee civic community and an opinion leader in the city’s African-American community. She has ...
03.26.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
One question has been nagging at me for days: Why would Advocates for Student Achievement, a political action committee co-founded by a member of the MPS board, Bruce Thompson, and whose treasurer is a former MPS board member, Joe Dannecker, not submit campaign finance reports to the City Election Commission? After all, ASA�s been around since 2007. The Shepherd reported on its firs...
03.27.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
Sorry to sound like a broken record, but I’m having a hard time believing that Advocates for Student Achievement (ASA) is, as they claim, simply a “good government group” interested in fielding quality candidates for the MPS board and not a pro-voucher, pro-privatization front group that's trying to swing the election. Take, for example, support for the three candidates ASA recruited...
03.30.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
I read Dan Bice’s column about Advocates for Student Achievement with great interest, since it basically updated and rehashed what I’ve been reporting on for weeks: that ASA has very questionable ties to three candidates for the MPS board, and it hasn’t filed any campaign finance forms with the City Election Commission. Well, ASA hadn’t filed any forms until last Friday, appa...
03.30.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Lisa Kaiser
Well, lookie-loo. Looks like some bad press and the attention of the District Attorney’s office finally forced Advocates for Student Achievement’s PAC to submit tardy campaign finance forms. A first! Here’s what ASA-PAC treasurer Joe Dannecker signed and delivered to the City Election Commission on Friday, March 27: January Continuing 2008: $100 from Joe Da...

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