Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Sen. Carpenter, Reps Zepnick and Zamarripa Absent Without Excuse in New School Happenings

St. Augustine Preparatory Academy
What looks to be a very exciting educational opportunity, St. Augustine Preparatory Academy, held a major event last week to announce some major partnerships in their goal to offer a world class scholastic alternative on Milwaukee's south side.  According to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, "Marquette, MSOE and Wheaton Franciscan, [Gus] Ramirez said, would help develop health care and engineering programs designed to give St. Augustine students a leg up in those industries."

It was also reported that State Senator Alberta Darling and Assemblyman Dale Kooyenga were in attendance and were acknowledge by Gus Ramirez, the Waukesha philanthropist who is the point man for the school.

St. Augustine is being built on Milwaukee's near side side on the border of State Rep. Josh Zepnick's  9th District and the 8th Assembly District of JoCasta Zamarripa and in the heart of Sen. Tim Carpenter's district. From all accounts none of them attended the event.

You have to wonder why two state legislators often demonized by the minority media and Milwaukee Democrats about not caring for Milwaukee would be praised for their involvement in the south side school while three legislators whose districts will benefit from the $70 million dollar investment are not only silent but absent. 

I'm sure it would have nothing to do with the Milwaukee Teachers Union belief that "the school wouldn't be beneficial to the community". It would be nice to one time see those who lay claim to working for their constituents and the children to break from the status quo and truly make a stand.

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