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The Mess with West (Updated)

The Raunch Hands “Mess Around” (click to listen or download) [Update: I just got emailed this letter as a West parent.  Crisis communication is happening.  Not much new here, but some clarity.] The first steps with the  “High School Curricular … Continue reading

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Updated — (Not) On the Agenda — MMSD Board of Education the Week of September 20th, 2010

Update: The Equity and Decision Making meeting has been canceled due to overlapping membership schedule conflicts and the weekly agenda has been posted (as of now — 12:54 pm — the agenda does not reflect the cancellation). As of this … Continue reading

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MMSD Budget, an Open Letter

On Monday May 17 (6:00 PM) and Tuesday June 1 (5:00 PM), the Madison Metropolitan School Board will hold public hearings and meetings on the 2010-11 Budget.  On June 1st they will vote to finalize the Preliminary Budget Both meetings … Continue reading

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Another Lesson in Leadership from Jim Doyle

The Journal-Sentinel is reporting that “Doyle drops plan on school funding.”  I think they got that wrong.  Replays show that Governor Jim Doyle never actually had a plan in his possession.  What he had were some ideas scribbled on a … Continue reading

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MMSD Board of Education Wrap Up (3/1/2010)

Only time for a quick wrap up of the Board of Education meeting.  See here for what was “On the Agenda.” The big and good news — from my perspective — is that the Board asked that portions of the … Continue reading

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February 16, 2010 Wisconsin Referendum Votes (Updated with Results)

Update, results: Bangor, both pass, operating 379 yes votes to 214; construction 437 yes votes to 157 no votes. Brodhead, fails, 1,021-828. Edgar, passes 706 to 629. Green Lake, fails, 393 to 374. Hilbert, passes, 419 t0 305. Rhinelander, both … Continue reading

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Popping Balloons: Data, Evaluation and Accountabilty

At the Monday December 9th Madison Board of Education meeting there was much discussion of data, evaluation, and by implication, accountability.  Most of this was in the context of the Reading Recovery program and the broader discussion of teaching reading … Continue reading

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Reform Is In The Air

Mike Rose at Truthdig has noted that following the extensive and unprecedented federal reach of No Child Left Behind, the Obama administration is attempting to extend this iniative further by putting some some serious money behind a number of education … Continue reading

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Don’t “Get Lost in the Numbers”

I was cleaning  out old links and came across this wonderful editorial from the Eau Claire Leader Telegram.  It really really does a great job of explaining what is wrong with the “data driven” numbers obsessed educational policy decision-making and … Continue reading

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Sherman Dorn Asks THE QUESTION and Offers Some Answers

Longtime readers should know that Sherman Dorn is one of my favorite people in the edusphere. His  recent “How can we use bad measures in decisionmaking?” is a fine example of why I value his contributions so much. His titular … Continue reading

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