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A Partnership Proposal – MMSD Administration Budget and Referendum Recomendations: Can’t We Do More?

[There are three parts to this post: A news roundup, an explanation and analysis of the administrative proposal and my thoughts on why the first year of the referendum should be $6 million instead of the $5 million proposed. Although … Continue reading

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I’m Running Again — Candidacy Announcement

I am pleased to announce today that I am seeking another term on the Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education (Seat #5). I look forward to talking about my record – whether it is the work on reforming the … Continue reading

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How Should the MMSD Board of Education Operate?

One part of creating change involves the Board governance policies under consideration this month. Changing the structures and rules doesn’t guarantee changes in practice, but it may create conditions where positive changes are possible (or may make things worse).

The possibilities are almost endless. Continue reading

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Seats at the Table

Jimmy Cliff , “Sitting In Limbo” (click to listen or download). The big item at the Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education meeting/retreat/workshop last night was the process for replacing the collective bargaining agreement with an employee hand book … Continue reading

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Education, Taxes, and MMSD Board Goals

I was struck by the relationship between two things in recent Wisconsin State Journal stories.  The first of these is the graph above illustrating the cuts of over 150  Special Education staff positions (from Matt DeFour’s report on the new … Continue reading

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On the Agenda — MMSD Board of Education, the Week of May 23, 2011 (updated, finished)

I picked a bad week to start doing “On the Agenda” posts on the Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education doings.  Too much going on.   Given the amount to cover, I’m going to try to keep the comments and … Continue reading

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Hatchets at the Ready — More Wisconsin School Budget News

Tav Falco’s Panther Burns, “Pass the Hatchet” (click to listen or download” As they sharpen the hatchets to cut the Madison school budget, time for another installment in the sad story of diminishing educational quality in Wisconsin. Might as well … Continue reading

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Coming Transformations

I want start off with one of the most egregious aspects of a horribly underfunded public school system and what acts of desperations that can ensue, followed by some “respectable” examples of education reform percolating around the country and ending … Continue reading

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On the Agenda (#1) — MMSD, Week of March 1, 2010 (Updated)

Update: The High School Report and the Infinite Campus proposal to increase usage are off the agenda due to time considerations.  There is also a new Re-Organization Budget (appendix A) updated with corrected calculations showing different “savings” figures. Another very … Continue reading

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Ask Tom Barrett — Get School Funding on the Agenda

Almost certain Democratic Gubernatorial nominee will be participating in a live video chat on Sunday, March 7 at 4:00 PM.  You can submit questions in advance by clicking the image above or this link.  Now is the time to get … Continue reading

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