Merit and the 2023 Madison School Board election

Scott Girard:

Badri Lankella wants to serve his community.

Right now, the computer engineer working with the state Department of Natural Resources believes the best way he can do that is running for Seat 6 on the Madison School Board.

“Every issue, I look at the details,” Lankella said. “I’m going to talk to everyone. I’m the collaborator, I’m going to talk to teachers, I’m going to talk to the union, I’m going to talk to the administration.”

Lankella faces challenger Blair Feltham in the April 4 election to succeed Christina Gomez Schmidt, who decided not to run for reelectionafter her first term on the board. Nicki Vander Meulen is running unopposed for a third term in Seat 7.

The election comes at a key time for the Madison Metropolitan School District. Whoever wins will be part of choosing the next superintendent and making difficult budgetary decisions amid the ongoing staffing shortage.

“Well, it’s kind of too bad that we’ve got the smartest people at our universities, and yet we have to create a law to tell them how to teach.”

The data clearly indicate that being able to read is not a requirement for graduation at (Madison) East, especially if you are black or Hispanic”

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2017: West High Reading Interventionist Teacher’s Remarks to the School Board on Madison’s Disastrous Reading Results 

Madison’s taxpayer supported K-12 school district, despite spending far more than most, has long tolerated disastrous reading results.

“An emphasis on adult employment”

Wisconsin Public Policy Forum Madison School District Report[PDF]

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Booked, but can’t read (Madison): functional literacy, National citizenship and the new face of Dred Scott in the age of mass incarceration.

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