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It’s — Mertz for — Madison Time, or I’m Running for School Board

It’s Madison Time Part 1 & 2 Ray Bryant Combo In December I announced my candidacy for the Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education, Seat #5 (announcement below).   There will be a primary election February 19, 2013 and … Continue reading

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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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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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Class Size: “Getting Mighty Crowded”

Video from the 2006 MMSD school referendum campaign. Below is a slightly edited version of an email that I sent last night to the Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education. Subject: Class Size To: board@madison.k12.wi.us Date: Thursday, August 30, … Continue reading

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Garbage In, Garbage Out: MMSD Reports

Harlem Hamfats – “My Garbage Man” (click to listen or download). On the Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education agenda this week are a plethora of reports and updates on Literacy Program Evaluation, the Strategic Plan,  the Achievement Gap … Continue reading

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Outside Agitators?, Fact Check and What Next

The Animals – “We’ve Gotta To Get Out Of This Place” (click to listen or download). [Update, 11/22/11: New documents from ULGM have been posted here; new timeline:  Administrative Analysis by 12/4; vote on 12/19.  Too fast.] The self-selected Board … Continue reading

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People Have the Power: SB 22 Dead (For Now)

Patti Smith – “People Have the Power” (click to listen or download)  Susan Troller is reporting in the Cap Times that SB 22, the bill creating a partisan, political state charter school authorizing board to override the wishes of local … Continue reading

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Quotes of the Day: Martin Luther King & Kaleem Caire

If you will judge anything here in this struggle, you’re commanding that this city will respect the dignity of labor. So often we overlook the worth and significance of those who are not in professional jobs, or those who are … Continue reading

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Some Truth About Urban Prep and Why It Matters

The Undisputed Truth – ” Smiling Faces” (click to listen or download) Introduction To bolster their case and push their agendas, advocates for market-based education reform and   market-based policies in general tout “miracle schools” that have supposedly produced amazing results … Continue reading

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How to Destroy Public Education — Lesson One

The Soft Boys – “I Wanna Destroy You” (click to listen or download) One of the tactics employed by the  enemies of public education is to undermine confidence in our schools in order to weaken financial and other support and … Continue reading

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