From politics to safety to finances, it’s been a tough school year

Alan J. Borsuk

“Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright, the band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light.”  

Those are lines from the final stanza of the poem, “Casey at the Bat.” I haven’t been able to shake them from my mind as the end of the school year arrives. I am sure there are happy celebrations going on – high school commencements, kindergarten completion parties, general relief about the way the school year went, and happiness about the pending summer vacation.  

Alan J. Borsuk

But in the broad picture of kindergarten through twelfth grade education — in Milwaukee, in Wisconsin, nationwide — this was a school year when the Mighty Casey of education had a low batting average and the morale on the team was not good. In this metaphor, Casey might not have struck out entirely. But it was a downer of a season. The happy times where hearts are light seemed far away.  

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