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March 9, 2006

Misleading School Budget Debate Led by Current Board Majority

In his blog titled Misleading School Budget Debate, Mr. Soglin says:
" is incumbent upon us to figure out where the additional revenue should come from and if we are going to cut, the consequences of those cuts."[emphasis added]

I feel it is most definitely incumbent upon us to figure this out in order to keep Madison's excellent public schools strong, and I feel that is NOT what the current school board majority has been doing. We do need to know, among other things:

  • a) what education the community we live in expects and values,
  • b) what that education will cost for all our children,
  • c) what revenue can we expect,
  • d) what options (referendum, other) do we need to pursue to meet the needs of our community's schools, and
  • e) what are the consequences of cuts and alternatives to cuts.
These important discussions need to take place throughout the year in an organized, cohesive manner that engages the Board and the community. There needs to be multiple local and statewide strategies for funding - increased sales tax might be one, what are others? We have gone far too long without needed vision, guidance and important discussions from the Madison School Board majority.

Something's not right when more time appears to be spent in board meetings discussing pets in the classroom than framing and discussing issues affecting our wonderful school district's future viability.

Posted by at March 9, 2006 12:42 PM
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