Jim Bender is the President of the poorly named “school choice” Wisconsin. Mr. Bender is also the face of the “For -profit” School movement because while Scott Jensen actually calls the shots, Jensen’s tarred history makes it impossible for him to be the face of anything.
Mr. Bender, as you would expect has decided to make the public schools and public money continue to work for him. Mr, Bender is paid a King’s ransom to take as much Wisconsin taxpayer public education dollars as he can get his hands on and funnel tothe private/voucher schools. A parasite is someone that exists to take from another.
Mr. Bender however, has reached a new low. He wants to know everything about YOUR children.
School choice advocates have requested the names, addresses, phone numbers and grade levels of every student enrolled in 30 different public school districts, gearing up for a marketing campaign should lawmakers lift the enrollment cap on Wisconsin’s statewide voucher program.
Directory information includes information such as students’ names, addresses, telephone numbers, date and place of birth, major field of study, height, weight, athletic team participation, awards achieved and schools attended.
The information is key to rounding out important school items such as yearbooks, playbills, sports rosters, announcements to the media about student accomplishments and contact lists that help families communicate with each other.
Yes. You read that right! Mr. Bender wants to know everything about YOUR children. Let’s look at this in context.
*In a 2012, the New York Times magazine detailed a long list of pedophilia charges at the Horace Mann Schoo which at the time was led by(the school and the scandal) legendary school reformer “ R. Inslee Clark J
While I understand that Mr. Bender is not Mr. Clark Jr., we do not know who will be handling these Open records request, or who will ask for them now that they have been given the idea, With the information that Mr. Bender wants, you can narrow your search down to all 15-16 year old boys in show choir.
* In 2004, the founder and principal of a Milwaukee voucher school, Mandella School of Science and Math, is being charged with felony theft for cashing more than 200 checks issued by the state Department of Public Instruction for families whose children never enrolled at the school.
Now anyone who grabs this personal information will be able to know who is in the school musical, and will not be home every night for the few weeks of the performances.
* We know the tight knit group that Scott Walker has surrounded himself with includes Mr. Bender and Mr. Jensen. It also includes Tim Russell, who has been described as Mr. Walkers right hand man. Mr. Russell has had some very serious problems of his own.
You never know who will have access to these records that Mr. Bender requests, to maybe look up name, address and phone number of every 17 year old boy who is not involved in any club or activity.
* On the Wisconsin No-call list? Good luck with that, the movers in the school choice movement have shown that the laws of the system mean nothing to them.
* It was not very long ago, that a prominent Milwaukee leader of voucher schools, was arrested for first degree sexual assault.
Luckily he was caught, however, thanks to Mr. Bender, for thos who might be out there in the system and have not been caught, he just handed them a menu!
– Someone is now able to get the phone number and address for every 15 year old public school athlete in Wisconsin. Thanks Jim Bender.
– How about when NAMBLA wants the names and addresses of every 13 year old public school boy in Wisconsin. Thanks Jim Bender.
– The over the top fans, can now get the home addresses and phone numbers of all the possible Division one athletes in WI and stalk them trying to make sure they attend the school of choice. Thanks Jim Bender.
– There is of course the possibility that Mr. Bender wants this information so he can make sure and heavily recruit just the best students who were actively involved in all activities. Or maybe he wants to stay away from any student who is obese.
– Maybe it is all innocent and private corporations want to turn our public schools into one big data capturing business to help them increase sales and target their main consumers.
The possibilities are endless, as to what can be done with the private information of your children in the wrong hands.
There really is no good that can come of this, as the people who would want this are just predators using public school children as prey(to increase their profits or worse).
This needs to be stopped and there are ways you can do this!
1. Representative Genrich and Senator Dave Hanson are working on a legislative fix, but we know the Republicans have no interest in any legislation put forth by Democrats. Call your Representative and Senator and tell them to sign on.
2. Call your local Superintendent and tell them that this is unacceptable and you want to be notified and opted out if anyone makes this request of your children.
3. Contact “school choice” Wisconsin and tell them to leave your children alone.
School Choice Wisconsin
219 N Milwaukee Street, 1st Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202
4. Contact your local paper and alert them to this despicable act!