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[Update] — Still a Sow’s Ear — Isthmus Montessori Academy Contract

This will be the third time the Board has voted on a version of this proposal. The previous two times the Board and the Administration agreed that the proposal did not meet the requirements of the MMSD Charter School policy (related concerns about state statutes were also expressed by some Board Members). Each time, a majority of the Board voted to advance the proposal in order to provide opportunities to address the shortcomings (I voted no each time). Among the questions before the Board on July 31 is whether this has been accomplished; whether sow’s ear has been transformed into a silk purse. I think it is still a sow’s ear. Continue reading

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Notes for Final Class Size Amendment

This involves prioritizing among the many issues and actions that have been discussed, and finding mechanisms to budget according to those priorities. In an effort to be transparent, and as a plea for one more round of feedback and ideas from our community, I am presenting what I see as the choices involved, and much of my current thinking. Continue reading

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Opt Out — Just Say No to the WKCE

The Zombies – “Tell Her No” (click to listen or download) The WKCE testing and related assessments are scheduled for next week in the Madison Metropolitan School District schools (full schedule of MMSD assessments, here), but your child doesn’t have … Continue reading

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MMSD Budget Hearings, 5/19 & 5/22

Click on image for all the District 2011-2012 Budget Information. The Kingsmen – “Money” (click to listen or download). The Madison Metropolitan School District will be holding two Budget Hearings on May 19 (5:00 PM at the Doyle Building) and … Continue reading

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Senate Bill 95 Testimony

Sisyphus 1, by Davor, click on image for more. The Lyres, “Don’t Give It up Now” (click to listen or download). Thank you for this opportunity to testify on Senate Bill 95. Due to time limitations  — both the time … Continue reading

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The problems with merit pay and testing

Value added measures used for merit pay and teacher pay, sounds fair, but the reality can be quite different. In this video by Prof. Daniel Willingham, he describes six problems (some conceptual, some statistical) with evaluating teachers by comparing student … Continue reading

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On the Agenda, MMSD — May 10, 2010

This is late and is going to be quick. The meeting schedule is a little confusing.  It begins in open session at 5:00 PM (Doyle Bldg. Auditorium) with “2010-11 Layoff of Employees in the Madison Teachers, Inc. (MTI) Teachers Collective … Continue reading

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On the Agenda, MMSD the Week of April 26, 2010 (updated)

[I was contacted by a Board Member with some clarifications, I only have time for some of this before teaching and will go back later with more.] Still more Budget work for the Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education. … Continue reading

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On the Agenda — MMSD Board of Education, Week of February 8, 2010

Week two of the agenda rundown experiment.  The big important things are the La Follette Area attendance info (now including East Area and West Area) and the Budget Timeline. As explained in the first post in this series, the Madison … Continue reading

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On the Agenda — MMSD Board of Education, February 1, 2010

Taking my cue from Brenda Konkel, I’m going to try an experiment in posting the Madison Metropolitan School District meeting agenda items, with some comments, observations and questions.   I can’t promise to do this every week, but will try. The … Continue reading

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