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March 8, 2006

Madison Schools' Board of Education Candidate Take Home Test: Week 7


There's no doubt that Isthmus has the juice in this campaign. The traditional daily newspapers haven't covered any substantive issues in this race. I'd like to see some links/words that contrast my opinion on their lack of "beef" (Have they attended any forums?). Focusing on personalities is a simple, self made "pass" that avoids issues critical to our children:
  • World Class Curriculum; ineffective curriculum choices can place a lifelong tax on our children. Ironic, from a community that includes the University of Wisconsin.
  • Leadership that can pass referenda (will the current approach and personalities be successful?)
  • Transparency with respect to the District's growing $321M+ budget. Again, will the current approach pass the necessary referenda?
Isthmus's work represents the best of local journalism. Rather amazing, given the resources they have vs the enormous dailies. Interestingly, the Fitchburg Star has posted some useful articles as well.

The Memorandum to Local Media represented one attempt to at least look at the issues rather than simply compare and contrast personalities.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at March 8, 2006 12:06 PM
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