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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 young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

It's freak out mode in the Oak Creek-Franklin school district

They’re seeing drops below the state average in standardized test scores, especially in seventh and 10th grades.

Disbelief abounds.

This can’t be possible.


I know what you’re thinking. Oak Creek–Franklin can fix this, and there are all kinds of approaches.

Use grants or other financing to hire experts that work in classrooms with teachers to identify and assist students who are right at the minimum scoring levels. Get them to improve and you turn things around collectively.

Regular staff meetings need to concentrate on improving scores. Develop plans that address and meet the needs of students at risk of failure in the classroom and on tests.

Intervene at the early grades and give students plenty of class instruction in key testing areas.

There must be constant monitoring of progress. Again, meet regularly to discuss records and progress of classes and individual students.

Involve parents in any attempts to raise scores. Meetings with parents should be a requirement.

In addition, parents are intimately involved in their children's improvement plans. "Teachers are required to meet with students' parents, and parents are required to sign the plans," added Miller.

How about group discussions involving teachers where success stories are shared.

Don’t wait for the actual tests. Utilize practice testing all school-year long. Drill, drill, drill.

Recognize achievement. Reward students with pins or a special lunch. Reward teachers with plaques, or congratulatory signs on classroom doors or walls.

All good ideas, right?


Listen up, Oak-Creek-Franklin. Take it from this Franklin resident of over 20 years. All that above-mentioned stuff is really hard work. There are other ways.

1) Propose to the public a referendum.

2) And not just any referendum. A big ol’ fat referendum.

3) You’ll need the referendum to build all those new classrooms dedicated solely to improving scores.

4) You will sell the referendum by calling it an “investment.”

5) Break the spending down to show it will only cost only two fish fries a year.

6) Repeat over and over and over again: It’s for the children.

7) Label anyone opposed as being anti-child.

8) Label anyone opposed as anti-education.

9) Stress that our very future, our very lives are at stake.

10) Use every trick in the book, and I mean every trick in the book to get that baby approved by voters.

Again, I’m from Franklin where referenda solve all problems. I'm tellin' ya. You can persuade people. You can fool people.

Pass a referendum, Oak Creek-Franklin and just watch those test scores go up, up, up!

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