Sun Feb 26, 2012, 07:23 AM
Scuba (47,404 posts)
Wisconsin: Republican attack on Milwaukee Area Technical College Board
This bill will dismantle the board and rebuild it by eliminating the existing two employer, two employee, one at large seat. (this has been in place for at least 100 years) These five board seats would be replaced by five board members who must be from private “for-profit” businesses or from health care entities, credit unions or cooperatives.
If this isn't bad enough they also changed the Board Appointment Process. I worked at MATC from 1966 to 1997 and was knowledgeable and involved with the formation on the District in the late 1960's as it evolved from Milwaukee Institute of Technology into the current MATC and I was also responsible for the Board Appointment process in the 1990's. The MATC District was deliberately formed to correspond with the boundaries of the school districts and not municipalities. This was done to assure that the educational mission of the College would be carefully coordinated with the k-12 schools in the district and that the College would not be subject to partisan politics of municipalities. Currently the MATC board appointment committee is made up of the chairs of the Schools Boards in the district and additional members from the Milwaukee board to reflect its size. This process has been in effect since the formation of the district.
SB 275 would eliminate this Board Appointment committee and replace it with a four member appointment committee made up of the Milwaukee County Executive, The Milwaukee County Board Chair (Milwaukee county has 90% of the population of the MATC District), the Washington County Board Chair,(Just a small portion of Washington County is in the MATC District and that represents 2% of the District population) and the Ozaukee County Board Chair (most, but not all of Ozaukee County is in the MATC District and it represents 7% of the District Population). The Republicans in the suburban counties are not satisfied with financially starving Milwaukee, now they want to call the shots on what is left.
Without going into more detail, SB 275 will remove small business, public service, and citizen representation and essentially define all of the current minority board members out of their board positions. This bill is remarkable in the amount of damage it will do. It is essentially a Private for-profit take over of a publicly funded college.
The Repukes here are up to so many things it's hard to keep track. This has been below my radar, so I posted despite the sketchy report.
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Wisconsin: Republican attack on Milwaukee Area Technical College Board (Original post)
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Sun Feb 26, 2012, 04:04 PM
midnight (26,018 posts)
4. I can't remember all the details surrounding the removal of UWMilwaukee Chancellor
Santiago but it did involve a privatization track... This is darn scary...
Response to midnight (Reply #4)
Sun Feb 26, 2012, 04:14 PM
midnight (26,018 posts)
5. P.S. Scott Walker's County Executive orders to make workers pay for their
retirement benefits, more of their health care, lose rights associated with working for the county still gone after his replacement, a Dem., is in office, maybe the County Executive is to be part of this, and this most likely will be going going through. I would like to be wrong, but Walker's replacement doesn't seem to show much in the way of improvement....