Coalition Urges Support for Kenosha School Board and Public Education

Sept. 14, 2021 9:10p

(WGTD)---A coalition of citizen groups expressed support Tuesday evening for the embattled Kenosha School Board and the mandatory mask mandate that it recently passed over loud objections. 

Leaders of eight groups spoke at a rally at Lincoln Park.

A central theme was opposition to calls from some anti-maskers to keep kids out of school this Friday in order to suppress enrollment. The official enrollment count on the third Friday of September is tied to state aid. "Keeping students out on the third Friday count harms our entire community and causes long-term damage to our children's education," said Kendra Koeppen-Mulwana, Executive Director of the Kenosha Education Association. 

Rabbi Dena Feingold echoed her comments. "The attitude, 'don't-tell-me-what-to-do-I'll-do-what-I-think-is-best', anytime, but especially at a time of communal crisis flies in the face of a central value of all religions and all faiths which is love your neighbor as yourself," she said. 

Several school board members were in attendance. Parent Lisa Guerrero saluted them. "We have a lot of leaders here...part of the school board who are being attacked for their beliefs..attacked for their concerns of wanting to keep the community safe," she said.