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One The Agenda — MMSD Board of Education, Week of April 5, 2010

The 2010-11 Madison Metropolitan School District budget is once again front, center and all places on the Board of Education agenda.  The main meeting starts at 5:30 (after an Exec session on student discipline cases) in the Doyle Administration Bldg. … Continue reading

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Doing the Ostrich – Wisconsin’s “Leaders” Keep Their Heads in the Sand

The Primitives, “The Ostrich” (pre Velvet Underground Lou Reed and John Cale, click to listen or download). A story in the New York Times this morning about states considering closing sales tax exemptions in order to fund essential services reminded … Continue reading

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Fast MMSD Budget Hearing Report

Just a quick report, more later. The big news is that by two 7-0 votes the Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education agreed to raise taxes by at least  $11.7 Million ($4 Million from referendum and $7.7 from new … Continue reading

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On the Agenda, MMSD Week of March 15, 2010

An easy week for this series; not an easy week as for the Board of Education as they begin the real budget toil with a Workshop (no public testimony) session at 5;30 Monday, March 15, in room 103 of the … 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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On the Agenda — MMSD, Week of March 8, 2010

In the cycle, this is a full Board meeting week for Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education.  That means, most items on the agenda where initially presented and discussed during the Committee meetings last week.  For an exploration of … 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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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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(Essentially Nothing) Is This the Best They Can Do?

Billy Preston, “Nothing from Nothing” (click to listen or Download I just read State Representative Kim Hixson’s press release on the passage by the Assembly Education Committee of Assembly Bill 150, creating a state level tax deduction of up to … Continue reading

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