MADISON (WKOW) --- A Madison teacher posted pictures on her personal blog of anti-Walker art work from her grade school students.
According to teacher Kati Walsh's blog, the children's pictures involving Governor Walker emerged from one student's expression of an opinion of Walker.
The children ranged in age from five to seven.
Walsh says in her blog that when she realized the nature of the pictures was becoming inappropriate, she stopped and discussed with students what political cartoons were.
It also led to a discussion, she writes, on how people can disagree with one another without wishing harm on them.
27 News attempted to contact Walsh about the classroom work and her blog posting of student photos, but she has yet to return our call to her current assignment at Glenn Stephens Elementary School. The parent of one of the students in the class declines comment on the art exercise, but says it took place during summer programming at Emerson Elementary.
School district spokesperson Rachel Strauch Nelson says the district's policy on classroom discussion of political matters directs the teacher to serve as a moderator, and to ensure different opinions have an opportunity to be expressed. Strauch Nelson offered no comment on Walsh's handling of politics in her class' art project. She also offered no comment on whether the political subject matter of the art class was age appropriate.
Strauch Nelson tells 27 News the school district has no, current policy on the use of social media by district employees, but says a policy is being developed. School Board President Ed Hughes tells 27 News he's unfamiliar with the policy development, and will reserve comment.
Spokesperson Nick Novak of the conservative think-tank MacIver Institute says Walsh signed the recall petition against Walker, and has been a public opponent of Walker administration policies. Novak calls the class art work inappropriate, and says instruction for school children of that age should focus on core subjects.
"They have very strong feelings about Scott Walker," Walsh wrote in her blog. "It was...important to understand the role art plays in sharing one's opinion."
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