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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.

Where were the TV cameras?

Wednesday night, I pulled into the Milwaukee Hamilton High School parking lot to see an unusually high number of cars. I was there to time the Hamilton-Washington girl’s varsity basketball game. All of these cars couldn’t possibly be here for a basically meaningless ballgame, I thought.

They weren’t. The cars belonged to Hamilton High teachers. At 6:30 p.m. teachers were still in the building, waiting patiently, and waiting, and waiting, and waiting, and waiting.

It was Parent-Teacher Conference night. Teachers were in attendance. How about the parents? Where were they?

Nowhere in sight.

So, some of the teachers wandered into the gym to watch some basketball to pass the time that should have been devoted to discussion with parents. Is it any wonder MPS students do so poorly when their parents don’t give a damn?

Note to Milwaukee TV news stations and MJS photographers: The next time MPS holds parent-teacher conferences, pay a visit to some MPS buildings and shoot video and pictures of the teachers sitting at their desks in empty classrooms.

Will that embarrass parents or result in any positive change in a predominant 'who cares' attitude? Probably not.

However, those revealing visuals would portray a reality Milwaukee needs to see.

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