On Monday, January 11, 2010, both the Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education and the Board of Madison Teachers Incorporated acted to support the Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools (WAES) Penny for Kids dedicated sales tax for education campaign! They showed leadership.
The district and the union have great track records of being on the front lines of school finance reform advocacy. Our community has been good too. We can all be better. As the comic panel above says “Now!” If nothing is done, the 2010-11 budgets are going to be bad (a projected loss of 15% in state aid in Madison).
There will be some opportunities to get more involved soon (stay tuned to AMPS), but for now the simple and almost painless thing to do is visit the website, learn more, sign the petition and ask others to do the same. You can also check in with WAES and the Penny for Kids effort on Facebook. How much easier can it get?
We now have some leadership; we still need more help at all levels.
Thomas J. Mertz