Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Here are the topics the panel discusses Friday night on InterCHANGE on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10 at 6:30, repeat Sunday morning at 11:00:
1 – MPS READING.
The reality is, if you can’t read you’re not going very far in life. Many MPS students are not competent readers. After nearly two years of study the Milwaukee Public School Board was about to pull the trigger on the purchase of five-million dollars worth of books and classroom materials in order to implement a new district-wide reading curriculum, to replace a myriad of different reading programs presently in place. The incoming superintendent has delayed the purchase of these materials, wanting to review and enhance the proposal. This will give teachers even less time to learn the program and prepare for the upcoming school year. Does this make sense? Is this the new superintendent simply making his presence known? Is this exactly why this superintendent was brought in? So the board doesn’t think it will be business as usual? Will this alienate the teachers?
2 – UW TUITION.
For the fourth year in a row the UW Board of Regents has raised tuition five-and-a-half percent. Does this make any sense in such a troubled economic time? Should students be paying more of the cost anyway? Is it simply a necessity because the state is giving the UW System fewer dollars? Tuition at UWM will now be about $7,200 and at UW-Madison it will be nearly $8,000. The UW system estimates the cost of one year at Madison (tuition, fees, room, board, etc.) to be more than $21,000. Do you still consider that affordable? Has the UW System grown too large? Is it time to downsize?
3 – NEUMANN/KLAUSER.
Why has former Tommy Thompson right-hand man Jim Klauser turned on gubernatorial candidate Mark Neumann, and why so publicly? Does he really see Scott Walker as the only chance to take back the governor’s office? Does he think Neumann is hurting Republicans? Will Neumann give in to the pressure to drop out of the race, or will he dig in his heels? Neumann does seem to be getting nastier, but is he simply doing what he thinks he has to in order to win? Is he alienating his fellow republicans, or growing more attractive. Is it wise for Barrett to keep such a low profile and simply let Neumann and Walker beat each other up? Do you think it’s possible Neumann will end up running as an independent? Would that simply guarantee that Barrett gets the job?
4 – BREWERS.
Do you have any reason to be optimistic? Are they out of it yet? Did they wait too long to release Jeff Suppan? Do you expect them to be able to hold onto Prince Fielder, or will he be traded the day after the All Star game? Will