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.
State Senator Spencer Coggs (D-Milwaukee) and state Representative Jim Soletski (D-Green Bay) are introducing legislation to put in place a procedure to object to what the lawmakers call offensive school logos and mascots. Under the bill, “a school district resident may object to a school board's use of these objectionable race-based practices. This bill outlines a process for a fair hearing of the objection and for accountability on the matter.”
Anytime a school district resident would complain about a nickname, logo or mascot, the state superintendent must schedule a hearing. The school district would have " the burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence" that the use of the mascot, logo, or nickname "does not promote discrimination, pupil harassment, or stereotyping." If the state superintendent finds in favor of the complainant, the local school board must terminate the use of the mascot, logo, or nickname within 12 months. The school board would be subect to a forefiture, yes, a forefeiture of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 for each day that it uses the logo, mascot, or nickname.
Now I may have missed something but I don’t believe there’s been a lot of hootin’ and hollerin’ about this issue for a long time. Chalk it up as one of the ridiculous priorities of the Democrat-controlled Legislature.