Over the weekend, Molly Beck, of the Wisconsin State Journal, wrote about the "creep factor" of the these requests. Overall, it's a pretty decent article. However, there is one part that needs to be corrected.
Beck wrote this:
The matter was brought to light in February after liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now disclosed that the Green Bay School District received a request from the voucher advocates.Now, I love me some One Wisconsin Now and have relied on their research and reporting a lot. I have the highest esteem for Scot Ross. I consider myself to be fortunate to call him my friend. Trust me, the state would be in even more dire straits if it weren't for these good people.
“I think this points to a larger concern that public education advocates have about the unaccountable privatization movement and that is they see children as commodities and our children’s education is a product to generate profit from,” said OWN executive director Scot Ross.
Because some school districts either allow a student’s information to be included in all directory data requests or none, Ross said “it doesn’t seem fair a kid can’t be in a yearbook just because they don’t want to get calls at their house from some private entity.”
But Ms. Beck is incorrect in stating that OWN, as wonderful as they are, broke the story.
That was actually my friend and colleague, Jeff Simpson, who wrote about the creep factor first, first at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Purple Wisconsin blog page and then at this here blog.
Now, Jeff and I have been doing this long enough to know what it feels like to have someone else use one of our stories without being given credit for it. But I have to call this one out, especially since Jeff was the one that had to deal with all the faux outrage to the point at losing his privileges at Purple Wisconsin.
If a person has to go through all that crap, he should get some acknowledgement for it.