Stan Johnson, Sid Hatch and Mike Langyel were surprised when they were asked by Governor Walker staff representatives and the Milwaukee police department’s professional performance division to leave a press conference this afternoon on education reform
"I wanted to hear first hand what the Governor had in plan for education reform since these changes will directly affect the Milwaukee teachers,” said Stan Johnson, Executive Director of the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association. “We heard there was going to be an announcement about education; we wanted to be able to understand the details of that plan so we went to the conference, only to be asked to leave by one of Walker’s staff and the Milwaukee police."
Dozens of community members protested outside of Hope Christian School in Milwaukee today. All had gathered to participate in the press conference to learn more about education reform but were denied that right.
“The Governor is giving a press conference on education yet he won’t let any educators in, said Mike Langyel President of the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association. “It just doesn’t make sense. One of the values of Wisconsin is openness from our elected officials and letting constituents take part in democracy. Today, that right was denied.”
It appears that Governor Walker is trying to take away the right of the people to participate in their democracy in order to push through his corporate agenda without any witnesses.