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Wisconsin (Madison):  UW Sneaks in "More Palatable" Racial Preferences (07/01/99 - dead link)
          "A new pre-college program launched by UW-Madison this summer targets minority and disadvantaged students from Milwaukee-area high schools.

          "Sixty-six ninth-grade students and 11 teachers from their high schools are the first participants in the Pre-College Enrollment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence, or PEOPLE.

          "'Our hope is to enhance skills and the pursuit of a secondary education, said Cleveland James, UW's assistant director of undergraduate admissions.  'This program is targeted at a specific area.'

          "[In formulating the program] [a]n important question that arose was, 'How do we do a better job of attracting diverse students, and increase our visibility?' James said.  To answer this question, a UW committee developed the PEOPLE program.

          "Each year, a new crop of students will be brought into the seven-week research program.  Four of the weeks will be spent in Milwaukee, and the remainder will be at the UW campus.  The majority of the students participating this year are minorities - 53 are African American and six are Hispanic or Latino."  (The Badger Herald 07/01/99 by Bonny Wolter)
[former link *http://www.badgerherald.com/content/1999/summer/news/070199news3.html]

Wisconsin (Milwaukee):  Black and White Milwukee Area Residents Oppose Busing (10/17/99)
          "Matching a nationwide cultural and constitutional trend, Milwaukee-area residents strongly oppose the practice of busing children from one neighborhood to another for the purpose of integration, according to results of an extensive Journal Sentinel poll on education issues.

          "Of the 800 adults polled this month in the metropolitan Milwaukee area, 73% said they did not support busing for integration - a resounding condemnation of two decades' worth of social policy in the city.

          "Opposition to busing was slightly less strong among respondents who live in the city (66%) but still represented a solid majority. By race, 78% of white respondents opposed busing; 56% of blacks opposed the policy.

          "The poll was conducted for the newspaper by the Public Policy Forum and Lein/Speigelhoff Inc. of Brookfield between Sept. 24 and Oct. 11.

          "It also asked participants about a provision in the new state budget intended to end most busing in Milwaukee and divert the money to pay for bonds to build and enhance neighborhood schools in the city.

          "About 70% of the respondents supported the Neighborhood Schools Plan, with similar support coming from city residents.   (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 10/17/99 by Joe Williams and Alan J. Borsuk)
[link http://www.jsonline.com/news/metro/oct99/poll18101799a.asp ]

Wisconsin (Milwaukee):  Black and White Milwaukee Area Residents Oppose Busing (10/17/99)
          "Matching a nationwide cultural and constitutional trend, Milwaukee-area residents strongly oppose the practice of busing children from one neighborhood to another for the purpose of integration, according to results of an extensive Journal Sentinel poll on education issues.

          "Of the 800 adults polled this month in the metropolitan Milwaukee area, 73% said they did not support busing for integration - a resounding condemnation of two decades' worth of social policy in the city.

          "Opposition to busing was slightly less strong among respondents who live in the city (66%) but still represented a solid majority. By race, 78% of white respondents opposed busing; 56% of blacks opposed the policy.

          "The poll was conducted for the newspaper by the Public Policy Forum and Lein/Speigelhoff Inc. of Brookfield between Sept. 24 and Oct. 11.

          "It also asked participants about a provision in the new state budget intended to end most busing in Milwaukee and divert the money to pay for bonds to build and enhance neighborhood schools in the city.

          "About 70% of the respondents supported the Neighborhood Schools Plan, with similar support coming from city residents.   (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 10/17/99 by Joe Williams and Alan J. Borsuk)
[link http://www.jsonline.com/news/metro/oct99/poll18101799a.asp ]

Wisconsin (Milwaukee):   Milwaukee Public Schools Open School Choice to Whites (04/29/99)
          "The Milwaukee School Board voted Wednesday to allow white students to participate in the state's open enrollment program, a move critics say will further segregate the city's schools.

          "But supporters of the measure, which was passed on a 6-1 vote, said the action was long overdue and will stem the loss of white families that move to the suburbs to get around the policy. The action, if permitted by the state, would have an immediate impact on about 400 children rejected from the choice program by Milwaukee Public Schools officials because they were white and their leaving would damage the district's racial balance.

          "Parents of those students have until Saturday to appeal the decision for the 1999-2000 school year. They were advised by board members to do so if they want to be in a position to benefit from the change.  "I hate to see any parent send their child out of MPS, but I'd like to make it a voluntary decision on their part," said Bruce Thompson, the board's newly elected president. "The real intent of this board is to make MPS so good no one wants to send their child out."

          "The Milwaukee chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has indicated it may file a lawsuit challenging the action.  "Separate schools are inherently unequal," said NAACP President Jerry Ann Hamilton, one of the few to speak against the change Wednesday. "Separate schools do not improve the education of our children."

          "The lone no vote on the board came from Charlene Hardin. Voting yes were Thompson, John Gardner, Joe Dannecker, Donald Werra, Jeff Spence and Larry O'Neil. Ken Johnson was absent.

          "In the 100,000-student MPS system, just under 20% of the students are white, creating a racial balance of about 4 to 1. That's the ratio the district must maintain under state law, which prevents officials from implementing open enrollment if it upsets the existing balance.  In effect, that means white students are unable to transfer to suburban schools, even if they are accepted there. At the same time, minority students who live in the suburbs cannot choose Milwaukee schools."  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 04/29/99 by Greg J. Borowski)
[link http://www.jsonline.com/news/Metro/apr99/990429mpsoptstoopenchoicepl.asp ]

Wisconsin (Milwaukee):   End school race quotas, mayor says (04/20/99)
          Milwaukee Mayor says " 'Social engineering' has driven whites to suburbs' ".   Mayor John O. Norquist called Monday for an end to the use of racial quotas in all aspects of local education, saying that they had only created more segregation.  "I don't think there should be any racial quotas," Norquist said in his most firmly worded public comments on the subject. "I don't see any purpose for it."

          "He spoke out particularly against restricting the number of white students allowed to transfer out of Milwaukee schools under the state's open enrollment plan for all public schools, and he said the Chapter 220 voluntary city-suburban desegregation plan should be ended by putting those students under the open enrollment law.

          "Both the white student restrictions and the future of Chapter 220 have moved to the front burner of local education politics. Some members of the newly revamped Milwaukee School Board want to drop the open enrollment restrictions, while Gov. Tommy G. Thompson's proposed state budget calls for scaling back the financial incentives offered to school districts that take part in 220.

          "[Mayor] Norquist criticized the effect on the city of mandatory racial integration efforts going back to the order by U.S. District Judge John W. Reynolds in the 1970s that led to extensive use of school buses to increase racial integration of schools.  "These artificial constraints have really proven to be a failure," Norquist said in an interview. "They create more segregation." He said the practical effects of racial quotas had hurt students and parents from all racial and ethnic groups and motivated many people to leave the city.   "Why do this? Let's stop. Let's focus on what parents want and need for their children and get out of the social engineering," Norquist said."   (Milwaukee Journal 04/20/99 by Alan J. Borsuk)
[link http://www.jsonline.com/news/apr99/0420norq.asp ]

Wisconsin (Milwaukee):   Parents challenge racial limits of open enrollment (04/19/99)
          "The Milwaukee Public Schools, where race has long been a complicated and emotional issue, now faces another dilemma involving skin color in the era of statewide public school choice: Which is the greater evil, implementing a policy that negatively alters the already fragile racial balance of MPS schools, or limiting enrollment by an entire group of students based solely on the color of their skin?

          "This is a tough issue for a naive 9-year-old to understand," said Krista Seefeld of Bay View, whose son was one of 400 students rejected from the public school choice program by MPS because they were white.  Wisconsin last year began allowing students to seek available seats in any public school system in the state outside of their own district in a program called "open enrollment" or public school choice.

          "In Milwaukee, limits are placed on the number of white students who may leave the city for suburban schools because the decrease in white students would increase the percentage of minority students in the district. No other class of students has limits on their participation."   (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 04/19/99 by Joe Williams)
[link http://www.jsonline.com/news/Metro/apr99/990419parentschallengeracia.asp ]

Wisconsin (Madison):  Professors back plan to attract minorities (04/06/99)
          "Faculty members have endorsed a multimillion-dollar plan to attract minority students to the University of Wisconsin. Plan 2008 is aimed at American Indians, blacks, Hispanics and Southeast Asians.  Its principles were approved on a show of hands during a meeting Monday after some faculty members questioned the idea of defining people by race in an academic setting."   (Associated Press, via Milwaukee Star Tribune 04/06/99)
[link http://www2.startribune.com/stOnLine/cgi-bin/article?thisStory=70841207 ]

Wisconsin (Madison):  Student Demands 'Niggardly' be Prohibited at University of Wisconsin (02/03/99)
          Student Amelia Rideau is upset that her professor used the 'N-ardly' word at least twice: Once on Jan. 25 during a class on 14th-century English poet Geoffrey Chaucer, and once in a subsequent class to explain the word’s meaning.  Ms. Rideau was outraged, and is demanding the UW implement a speech code which would punish anyone using what she described as 'offensive' language - including the 'N-ardly' word.  She urged the university not to require proof of intent before punishing verbal villains such as her professor.

          According to the Star Tribune: "Upset about the word' s similarity to a racial slur, Rideau talked to her professor, who then explained the word' s background, she said. On Friday, the professor repeated the word and defined it for the class, Rideau said. Angry he revisited the topic after she asked him not to, Rideau began to cry and stormed from the room. On Monday, she brought three black friends with her to the class for support, she said." (Associated Press, via Star Tribune 02/03/99)
[link http://www2.startribune.com/cgi-bin/stOnLine/article?thisStory=70706124 ]
[similar, pay site:  http://www.chronicle.com/daily/99/02/99020302n.htm ]

Wisconsin (Madison):  UW Faculty Votes to End Speech Code!  (03/02/99) (no link)
          "It's a great day for freedom!   So said U.Wisconsin-Madison faculty senator Lester Hunt, following a Faculty Senate vote to become the first university in the country to, by its own free will, essentially abolish its speech code.

          "In a historic 71-62 vote, the Faculty Senate approved legislation Monday, which will, according to senators, go into effect immediately and allow 'all members of the university to express openly their ideas and opinions.'

          "After an ad hoc committee spent 17 months studying speech-code options and a final two-hour meeting of debate and amendment, the senate finally approved the code, which reads in part, 'accordingly, all expression germane to the instructional setting--including, but not limited to, information, the presentation or advocacy of ideas, assignment of course materials and teaching techniques--is protected from disciplinary action."  (U Wisconsin "The Daily Cardinal" 03/02/99, by Andrew Miller)
[no link]

Related:  UW Madison Ends Speech Code!   (04/13/99)
          "Amy Kasper is Korean, but her parents are white, like just about everyone else in Hurley, Wisconsin, pop. 1762. Hurley is well-meaning folk, Kasper's quick to point out, but not so tolerant of difference. "Growing up, I was called every racist name for Asian in the book."

          "All this made Kasper an unlikely champion in the fight to abolish the University of Wisconsin at Madison's long-standing faculty speech code, the latest skirmish in the culture war that continues to engulf academia. After two years of battling those who would presume to protect her, Kasper regained the right to be offended: Last month, to the shock of interested parties both national and local, this outpost of progressive politics amid the dells and dairy farms all but repealed one of the founding documents of the so-called political correctness movement.

          "... In isolated incidents across the country, students, legislators and professors have begun agitating against First Amendment restrictions in academe. From the UNLV to Cornell, institutions are beginning to review their speech codes (which exist, in one form or another, at an estimated 200 universities). Within the past year bills were introduced in Michigan, Ohio, and Maine that would prohibit any restrictions whatsoever on speech at public institutions. Ironically, as UW-Madison was once viewed as prescient in its adoption of speech codes, it is now being viewed as prescient in its rejection of them.

          "Ostensibly, the UW-Madison decision— enacted by the faculty senate by a vote of 71 to 62— marks a triumph for free speech.  The previous code, which placed the burden of proof on the accused and ignored the intent of the offending speaker, was by any account overly broad and constitutionally specious— essentially prohibiting anything that could be construed as offensive speech."  (The Village Voice, 04/13/99, by Jeff Howe)
[link http://www.villagevoice.com/features/9914/howe.shtml ]

Related:  Big Brother Is Listening (04/04/99 - dead link)
          "More than a decade ago, speech codes were put into place on campuses across the country to create a more "sensitive" environment. Some call them the worst form of political correctness. Others fear for the future without them.

          "The debate -- over a faculty speech code -- filled the pale blue faculty senate room in Bascom Hall with passion. It was the latest round in a dispute that began on the lakeside campus of the University of Wisconsin nearly two years ago but had been simmering, in some fashion, for generations.

          "Student and faculty [speech] codes punish, sometimes through suspension, expulsion or firing, words or deeds that create an environment perceived as "hostile". Backers say codes insure that minorities and other vulnerable groups will not be mistreated.

          "Opponents [of politically correct speech codes] see codes as the worst form of politically correct paternalism. "We don't want Big Brother stepping in and telling us what to think," said Jason Shepard, a student member of the committee examining the Wisconsin faculty code. "They assume that all minority students, all members of the same group, have the same response to speech. That's ridiculous."  (NY Times, by Ethan Broner, 04/04/99)
[former link **http://search.nytimes.com/search/daily/bin/fastweb?getdoc+site+site+24961+2+wAAA+ethan~bronner]

Wisconsin (Milwaukee): UWM Setting Affirmative Action Goals (03/23/99 - dead link)
          At a time when many universities are restoring equal treatment for all students regardless of race, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is proposing ambitious race-based numerical goals for increasing minority enrollment and staffing.

          "A draft document calls for the proportion of 'underrepresented racial/ethnic groups' among students to rise from 14% to 25%, with a jump in the seven-year graduation rate from 19% to 50%, by 2003. Other proposals include $25 million in privately funded full scholarships for minority students, increases in minority faculty and staff, and expansion of a precollege program to reach 5,000 Milwaukee Public Schools students as early as fourth grade.

          "Our explicit commitment to affirmative action [racial quotas and preferences] is being dramatically increased with this document," said Robert Drago, an economics professor and co-author of The Milwaukee Commitment, a plan for racial and ethnic diversity at the university."  (Journal Sentinel, 03/23/99, by Jack Norman)
[former link *http://www.jsonline.com/news/Metro/990323uwmsettingaffirmative.asp]
[alt:  http://www.jsonline.com/news/0323goals.asp ]

Wisconsin, Milwaukee: Bill would make schools drop discriminatory mascots (03/18/99 - dead link)
          "Schools judged to have discriminatory mascots, nicknames or logos would be forced to abandon them or face substantial fines under a proposal made Wednesday by Rep. Frank Boyle (D-Superior).

          "During a Capitol news conference, Boyle listed 40 school districts -- including the Mukwonago School District -- that he said had discriminatory American Indian logos, mascots or nicknames.

          "Rep. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater), who represents Mukwonago and Milton, which also was on Boyle's list, immediately denounced Boyle's proposal.

          "This bill would make political correctness the new standard for discrimination," Nass said. Nass said that at his news conference Boyle had labeled the use of American Indian mascots, nicknames and logos as "ignorant." He demanded that Boyle apologize.

          "The people of Mukwonago and Milton are hard-working, decent people and are certainly not ignorant or racist," Nass said in a statement sent to Boyle.

          "Under Boyle's proposed legislation, a resident of a school district could file a complaint with the state objecting to the district's use of a nickname, mascot or logo. The state superintendent of schools then would be required to hold a hearing on the complaint.

          "The burden for proving that a district's nickname, mascot or logo was not discriminatory and did not promote pupil harassment or stereotyping would fall to the school board.  Under current law, a resident of a school district may file a complaint with the state Department of Public Instruction charging that a mascot, nickname or logo is discriminatory. DPI conducts an investigation and makes a decision."   (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/18/99, by Amy Rinard and Betsy Thatcher)
[former link *http://www.jsonline.com/news/0318mascot.asp]

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(DOJ) Are sports teams with Indian names really a federal civil rights crime?  (02/19/99)
          WASHINGTON, DC -- "Warning: Naming your high school sports team the "Warriors" is now a federal crime.   That's what the Department of Justice seems to think: It's launched an investigation into whether a small North Carolina high school has violated the civil rights of its Native American students because its sports teams have Indian-themed names.

          "But the Libertarian Party says the investigation demonstrates how preposterous civil rights laws have become, and proves that Department of Justice bureaucrats are completely out of control.

          "Civil rights allegations have become a modern-day witch-hunt -- if saying so isn't a crime against our wiccan friends," said Steve Dasbach, the national director of the party. "What this case shows is that the Department of Justice has become a bigger threat to our civil liberties than any high school sports team is to our civil rights."

          "What put the Department of Justice on its current warpath?  The mother of one Native American student at Erwin High School in Asheville, North Carolina wrote to federal bureaucrats, complaining that her son was "deeply offended" because school teams were named the Warriors and the Squaws.

          "The Department of Justice jumped on the case, sending a detailed list of questions to the school administration about whether a "racially hostile environment" had been created for the 1% of students who are Native American. (Libertarian Party, contact George Getz, Press Secretary Phone: (202) 333-0008 Ext. 222 E-Mail: 76214.3676@Compuserve.com)
[link http://www.lp.org/rel/990219-names.html ]

Wisconsin (Milwaukee):  White Students Not Allowed Same School Choices as Minorities (no link)
          Milwaukee School Superintendent John Benson tried to do the right thing:  He ruled that white students would be allowed to attend the school of their choice, just as the minority students are allowed to!  BUT the liberal, politically "correct" Milwaukee School Board says no!   The board has filed suit in Circuit Court to reverse the non-racist policies of the Superintendent.  The Board would rather give racial preference in school choice to minorities.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 8/12/98 -- link no longer available)

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