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Expeditionary Learning Charter for Toki?

The Replacements – “I Don’t Know” (click to listen or download). The biggest item on the Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education committee agendas this week is  the “Expeditionary Learning Model at Toki Middle School and Timeline” before the … Continue reading

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Why a Charter School? and Related Questions

The Ramones, “Questioningly” (click to listen or download) I often find the rhetorical device of “asking questions” annoying.  However there are times when the conventional wisdom becomes so pervasive that it is necessary to step back and ask some of … Continue reading

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Letters on Charter Schools

Two friends of AMPS, Gary Stout and Beth Swedeen in response to the recent Wisconsin State Journal editorial had good letters on charter schools in the Sunday edition.  Here they are: Apples/oranges comparison Charter Schools are successful for the same … Continue reading

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Dual Language Middle School Program, Yes; Charter, No.

At Monday’s Board of Education Meeting an administrative recommendation to move forward with planning for a dual language district middle school program  at Sennett was approved by a vote of 7-0 and the request for a memo of understanding with  … Continue reading

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The Charter Choice in Madison and the Nation

On Monday, March 9, 2008 The MMSD Board of Education will consider an application from the Nuestro Mundo community to begin the process of chartering a dual language immersion secondary school. Although the application is very impressive and Nuestro Mundo … Continue reading

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Ohio Goes After Charter Schools That Are Failing

The New York Times chronicles the wide spread phenomenon of failing charter schools in Ohio. Ohio became a test tube for the nation’s charter school movement during a decade of Republican rule here, when a wide-open authorization system and plenty … Continue reading

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Charter Problems in Oshkosh and Appleton

$600,000 of federal funding for charter schools that the Appleton district was counting on and $150,000 of funding for Oshkosh is in jeapardy. At issue is the degree of autonomy the charters enjoy. In order to receive the monies, the … Continue reading

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Foot(note) Stompin’ — The IMA Proposal + Related Update

Update, 8/14/17, 1:14 PM: The Board just received an email that the IMA vote meeting will be rescheduled to 8/21/17. Note:  I began this post in January 2017, and then set it aside.  As a result, some of the introductory … Continue reading

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IMACS Contract(s) — Sorting Through the Mess(es)

Junior Wells — “Messin’ with the Kid”(click to listen/watch). This is an almost everything, including the kitchen sink, post on updates for the Monday, July 31, 2017 Madison Metropolitan School District vote (agenda and materials here) on the Isthmus Montessori … Continue reading

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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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