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The kids are watching. What are they learning from adult behavior lately?

An anecdote from a suburban school board member: He was selling fundraising raffle tickets at a high school football game. A parent came up to him and said, “Are you the guy who voted to mask our children?” The board member said yes. The parent called him several names. The board member said, “Have a nice day.” The parent called him some more names. The board member again said, “Have a nice day.” The guy left. A student was standing nearby and said, “All that just to buy a raffle ticket?” ...

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Former School Board presidents: Recall would jeopardize district success

It has been our privilege to serve the community as presidents of the MTSD Board of Education. As residents of Mequon-Thiensville with this unique perspective, we feel compelled to address the effort to recall four School Board members. While we have not always agreed on how to solve issues facing our school district, it is the politicization and distortion of facts by those behind the recall effort that unites us in our belief that this recall is NOT in the best interests of the students, parents, or taxpayers of Mequon-Thiensville ...

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Is this how the American experiment ends?

In his farewell address, George Washington presciently warned our new nation that it needed to safeguard the foundation of its real independence — unity of citizenship — and to beware the polarization of political parties that would inevitably seek to weaken it. As a nation that lionizes its founding, we should be very much troubled that we have forgotten this critical lesson ...

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Respect fellow neighbors and business owners

I believe in civil discourse, collaboration and compromise to settle any difference. While I am against the recall, I am also against any lingering resentment after the election — on November 3, we will all still be neighbors, same as we are today. To that end, I ask all of you, please do not resent any local businesses for participating in this recall process. River Club, Fiddleheads, and Shully’s ...

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Current MTSD board doing outstanding job

As a former MTSD student (HHS class of 2011) listening to the banter between the political divide and the petition to recall four members of the School Board, I’m reminded of something my former therapist told me: Just because someone says something louder and more often, that doesn’t make it true. With that said, the people looking to recall the members of the School Board can talk all they want, as loud as they want, but whatever they say doesn’t make it true ...

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Vote to keep current MTSD School Board

Remember a time when school board meetings were free from the public hurling accusations, insults and engaging in disorderly conduct? While the Mequon-Thiensville Board of Education meetings have not gotten as bad as some of those seen around the country, they are not all sunshine and roses. One has to wonder who is behind the politically savvy effort to recall four of MTSD’s School Board members ...

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Why is the recall happening?

When this bizarre school board recall effort started early this summer, my first reaction was “why?” What could justify removing officials duly elected to a nonpartisan, volunteer office, in a district that provided an excellent education to our two children, and is consistently ranked near the top in all academic ratings ...

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Mequon-Thiensville School Board recall candidate shares social media posts with Holocaust references

One of the challengers running in the Mequon-Thiensville School Board recall election has shared social media posts with Holocaust references in them, which drew condemnation from the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation ...

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Why Did I Join in the Letter Regarding the Recall?

I have carefully stayed out, at least publicly, of national, state, county and school issues as mayor. I think that is the right thing to do. Nobody wants to hear from me on issues that have nothing to do with why I was elected. I have made exceptions only when something has a real impact on the operation or ordinances of the city. Therefore, I thought long and hard before deciding to say anything about the recall ...

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Statement Regarding the Upcoming Recall Election

We urge you to vote for the school board incumbents in the upcoming recall election. We are all of the Mequon mayors who currently live in Mequon and a past president of Thiensville ...

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Congratulations to MTSD on their report card

In the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s most recent District Report Card, MTSD was ranked the No. 2 public K-12 district in the state. MTSD has an AAA bond rating from Moody’s, the highest rating they offer, which saved us, the taxpayers, $16 million in the most recent referendum ...

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Vote to keep school board members

As a proud parent of two children currently enrolled in the Mequon-Thiensville School District, I feel compelled to defend the School Board against one of the several false claims made by the organizers of the recall campaign ...

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School board recall is misguided

The MTSD School Board recall is misguided without legal or factual basis and is a threat to our democracy. The recall mechanism was not intended to be utilized to recall public officials by those upset by policy decisions. Elections are about policy; recalls are intended to be about corruption ...

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Critical race theory is not being taught in MTSD

By now you’ve heard plenty about Critical Race Theory, and there’s no shortage of opinions about what exactly CRT is. But whether your definition is correct or not, whether you are for it or against it, the bottom line is: CRT is not in our district’s curriculum ...

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MTSD staff and parents need to come together

In these divided times we continue to witness a polarization of values, priorities and behavior. This has led to a stalemate on many critical issues confronting our nation, states and cities ...

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These are the best Milwaukee-area middle schools for 2022, according to Niche.com

Lake Shore Middle School in Mequon jumped eight spots from last year's list to land at No. 4 in this year's ranking ...

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Conservative Groups Backing Mequon-Thiensville School Board Recall

Early in August, many residents of the City of Mequon and the Village of Thiensville found unstamped leaflets in their mailboxes imploring the recipients to “RECALL MTSD SCHOOL BOARD.” It went on to make a number of assertions to justify such a drastic act ...

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MTSD is not broken

In recent months, there has been a concerted effort across our country to inject partisan politics into school boards, a locally controlled entity which, historically, has been nonpartisan. Sadly, that fanaticism has now come to the Mequon-Thiensville School District in the form of a recall election involving four incumbent MTSD school board members.

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Check things out for yourself before voting in recall

Is the School Board recall really about taxes going up by 21%, a 22% decline in student enrollment, 15% decline in reading skills, 15% decline in math and ACT? Well, it only takes a few minutes of your time to check for yourself. These are all falsehoods (lies). The recall is not about the School Board, but rather it is a start of a bigger plan by a small fanatical group of people who don’t plan to stop at the School Board but will try to do the same to our city and state government.

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Appreciative of School Board’s work, obligations

Over the last six months, I have heard repeatedly that the Mequon-Thiensville School District Board of Education is unresponsive to the concerns and voices of its constituents. I would like to take a moment to express that nothing could be further from the truth.

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MTSD School Board is listening to parents

I am an MTSD parent who writes in support of our current MTSD School Board members and in opposition to the recall. Based on the recall leaders’ constant cries to the media, one might think that the current Board “isn’t listening to parents.” I disagree.

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MTSD is considering the voices of all

I am writing this letter to say “thank you” to the current MTSD School Board. It has been a very rough year for you and I am thankful that you are still volunteering in your roles to help serve our community and most importantly our children.

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M-T School Board members facing recall urge community to get the facts

MEQUON — Two of the four Mequon-Thiensville School Board members who are the target of a recall are speaking out.

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Mequon-Thiensville School Board Vice President Francour: Statement on recall

I have been listening. Now I speak out. I, Wendy Francour, share the following as an individual community member, not as a representative of the Mequon-Thiensville School District Board of Education ...

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How Local School Board Races Turned Partisan With the Cash to Match

These nonpartisan elections are now becoming battlegrounds worth investing in for Republicans and Democrats alike.

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School Board recall a detriment to community

What I have always loved most about Mequon-Thiensville is our sense of community, as if the spirit of a nation after 9/11 survived here in our bit of heaven. But recently, I see a viciousness that scares me, especially since it has to do with Mequon and Thiensville’s greatest asset of all: our children ...

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MTSD lawsuit over emails could have chilling effect for parents

I was alarmed to learn that a Mequon alderman is suing the Mequon-Thiensville School District to obtain private parent email addresses. Although Alderman Mark Gierl states that his intention is to provide a counternarrative to district parents ...

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School Board Leader Calls for Civility

We've become increasingly alarmed at the recent reports of personal threats of violence and harassment directed at school board members across the state. Civil disagreement and protest are cornerstones of our democracy but attempts to intimidate school board members and physically disrupt school board proceedings are not acceptable ...

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Schools become political 'battlefield' in culture wars Trump cultivated

Schools have become the focal point for culture war fights that animated former President Donald Trump's base and have been advanced by conservative activists and influencers since he left office. Conservative grassroots activists have zeroed in on local education policy with a tea party-esque fervor for months — spanning debates about reopening, how to teach U.S. history and required masking. Now, conservative personalities are urging followers to run for school board seats that have rarely generated much interest, while dozens of activist groups focused on schools have sprouted to advance the fights ...

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Tea party 2.0? Conservatives get organized in school battles

MEQUON, Wis. (AP) — A loose network of conservative groups with ties to major Republican donors and party-aligned think tanks is quietly lending firepower to local activists engaged in culture war fights in schools across the country ...

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Has the damage already been done to MTSD?

The MTSD School Board recall may have already affected our community, whether they receive the votes for a recall election or not. It may have polarized us all to the extent that we are no longer interested in working together ...

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To recall or not?

I recently received a letter and recall petition papers from the group trying to recall four Mequon-Thiensville School Board members. It contained a lot of numbers regarding school test scores declining. It also states that nonresidents voted illegally for the tax levy, which the School Board did not stop ...

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Recall fraction drastically misrepresents MTSD mission

I was very dismayed by a recent email I saw from the group seeking to recall MTSD Board members. In the email they state “MTSD Mission Statement: Our Commitment to Equity … embrace a culture of Equity and inclusion in which each student is “rooted in the ideals of Equity… (Not excellence…..” This is not the MTSD Mission and it misrepresents MTSD’s commitments ...

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Resist the school board recall

The Mequon-Thiensville School District is a catalyst for much of what is good about the quality of life in our community. It’s a culture of excellence ...

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Equity in our schools

Whereas equality means providing the same to all, equity means recognizing that we do not all start from the same place and must acknowledge and make adjustments to imbalances. Take for example a student with special needs ...

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Recall divides, embarrasses community

Recall organizers, pipe down! That’s something I would say to my grandkids when they get overexuberant.

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Does a recall really make sense?

Emotions are running high. The effort to recall members of the MTSD School Board is underway. Accusations are being made and politics are being interjected. This is wrong and needs to stop. School boards are required to be nonpartisan.

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MTSD Board, administrators deserve support

I am writing because there appears to be confusion about the excellence of the MTSD School Board and the MTSD administration. I am saddened by the ongoing community displays of hostility and disrespect directed toward board and administration members.

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Keep experienced leadership on our M-T School Board

During the 2020-2021 school year, we were fortunate to have experienced School Board members who kept our schools open and our children safe. The MTSD was part of only 54% of K-12 school districts in Wisconsin who offered five days per week in-person school, which they did beginning in September 2020.

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Far-right group is working to politicize local public schools

To Ozaukee Press: There is a national movement surging in our country to politicize school boards. It is not unique to Mequon. The current school board recall effort underway in Mequon is supported by the Patriots of Oz, a far-right conservative group that has laid out their plan to put candidates in as many elected positions as possible in Ozaukee County, its municipalities and its school boards.

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Recall effort not who we are

To the editor: The pandemic has been a new experience for everyone in education nationwide, demanding creative solutions to meet a new set of challenging issues. I feel the district has handled these challenges well in a constantly changing environment.

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School boards should be nonpartisan

To the editor: There is a national movement surging in our country to politicize school boards. It is not unique to Mequon.

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M-T schools recall organizers about halfway to their goal

MEQUON — Organizers of the effort to recall four members of the Mequon-Thiensville School Board say they are about halfway to their goal of 4,200 signatures for each member.

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Mequon-Thiensville schools deliver outstanding education to students. Recall attempt won’t help students as district recovers from pandemic.

The Mequon-Thiensville School District has remained strong over the course of its history. Now as the schools which serve our children are politicized, MTSD is faced with a recall election of four School Board members.

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MTSD is strong

Our local school district has made Mequon and Thiensville a magnet for families looking for a thriving place to live, adding to the value of our homes and thereby helping to keep our taxes low and our community strong.

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