Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Franklin School Superintendent Steve Patz thinks his school district is getting the shaft. Patz claims the methodology used by the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to gauge high school graduation rates is misleading.
Patz doesn’t think that’s fair, arguing those inmates are not from
Why would Patz cry foul? Obviously he wants the best face possible on the district he runs. But he also can use the loftiest student performance numbers possible to sell those three multi-million dollar facility referenda between now and Election Day.
Even so, Patz raises a legitimate issue and has asked the DPI to separate the inmate figures from the total
So here’s a friendly suggestion to the superintendent. Have your staff crunch the numbers. Shouldn’t be too difficult or time-consuming. Determine what the graduation rate is both sets of students, inmates and non-inmates.
Then send me the results. I’d be glad to post them here for all to see. Or issue a news release. Or hold a open house or information fair.
If the graduation rate is 99% as you believe, then let’s find out. You don’t need to complain about DPI whose money you snarf up so happily.