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May 25, 2012

Who is Paul Vallas and why is he coming to Madison?

TJ Mertz

As Jim Anchower says, "I know it's been a long time since I rapped at ya..." Sometimes you need a break; expect more soon.

Paul Vallas will be featured at a "school reform town hall meeting" this Saturday, May 26, 1:00 PM at LaFollette High School. The announcements feature "Madison Metropolitan School District, Verona Area School District, United Way of Dane County, Urban League of Greater Madison & Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County" as "collaborating" hosts, but as reported by Matt DeFour the United Way "has requested that our name be removed from all upcoming communications related to the event, but will attend to hear the conversation from all those involved."

Attempts to clarify MMSD's role have not yielded a response. You can try yourself: Board of Education:, Supt. Dan Nerad: I've been told unofficially that MMSD is donating the space, which would mean that your tax dollars and mine are being used (see the district facilities rental policy here). It would really be a shame if our district collaborated in bringing Vallas here, there is very little in his version of school reform that our community, or any community will benefit from.

Much more on Paul Vallas's visit, here.

ACLU on freedom of speech.

Related: 60% to 42%: Madison School District's Reading Recovery Effectiveness Lags "National Average": Administration seeks to continue its use?

and: When all third graders read at grade level or beyond by the end of the year, the achievement gap will be closed...and not before

How long will our community tolerate its reading problem? Bread and circuses.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at May 25, 2012 8:09 PM
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