2019 Madison School Board Election: Primary February 19 General April 2

Where to vote? Madison Fitchburg Shorewood Hills Maple Bluff

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Seat 3

Kaleem Caire [ddg www f], Caire4Kids@gmail.com 7856 Wood Reed Drive, Madison

Cristiana Carusi [ddg www f], cris.carusi@gmail.com 5709 Bittersweet Place

Skylar Croy [ddg], 502 N. Frances St., Madison

Seat 4

David Blaska [ddg www f], davidblaska@icloud.com 5213 Loruth Terrace, Madison

Laila Borokhim [ddg www f], lborokhim@gmail.com 2214 Monroe St., Madison

Albert Bryan [ddg www], albertrbryan@yahoo.com 4302 Hillcrest Drive, Madison

Ali Muldrow [ddg www f], ali4mmsd@gmail.com 1966 East Main St., Madison

Seat 5

TJ Mertz [ddg www f], MertzforMadison@gmail.com 1210 Gilson St., Madison

Ananda Mirilli [ddg www f], voteananda@gmail.com 1027 S. Sunnyvale Lane Unit A, Madison

Amos Roe [ddg www], armsb@tds.net 5705 Crabapple Lane, Madison


"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":
Rather than focus so heavily on attendance, behavior, and socioemotional learning, as described in the article, teachers and administrators should prioritize teaching students how to read. Students who know how to read are more likely to come to school, go to class, work hard, and have a meaningful and rewarding post-high school life.

The data clearly indicate that being able to read is not a requirement for graduation at East, especially if you are black or Hispanic. But when 70 percent of your minority students earn diplomas and fewer than 20 percent of them are able to read at grade level, what does that high school diploma mean?

East ninth-graders who don't know how to read might not want to go to school (because they don't know how to read!) and thus might be chronically absent. They might not want to go to class (because they don't know how to read!) and thus might engage in disruptive activities elsewhere. And they might not be able to keep up (because they don't know how to read!) and thus might fail.

Transcript (via a machine learning app - apologies for errors):
I am currently the reading interventionist teacher at (Madison, WI) West High School....

Here's my data from this year and this is why I'm here:

Of the 65 students plus or minus it kind of changes this year 24 of them are regular ed students.

Another way to say they don't have an IEP so there is no excuse for that reading intervention in (that group).

12 of those 24 have been enrolled in Madison School since Pre-K kindergarten or kindergarden. 12 students have been in Madison Schools.

They have High attendance. They have been in the same (you know) feeder school they have not had high mobility. There is no excuse for 12 of my students to be reading at the first second or third grade level and that's where they're at and I'm angry and I'm not the only one that's angry.

The teachers are angry because we are being held accountable for things that we didn't do at the high school level. Of those 24 students, 21 of them have been enrolled in Madison for four or more years.

Of those 24 students one is Caucasian the rest of them identify as some other ethnic group.

I am tired of the district playing what I called whack-a-mole, (in) another words a problem happens at Cherokee boom we bop it down and we we fix it temporarily and then something at Sherman or something at Toki or something at Faulk and we bop it down and its quiet for awhile but it has not been fixed on a system-wide level and that's what has to change.

Thank you very much.
- Via a kind reader.

Madison has long tolerated disastrous reading results, despite spending far more than most taxpayer supported K-12 School Districts.

The Madison School District's "Strategic Framework".

2005: When all third graders read at grade level or beyond by the end of the year, the achievement gap will be close ... and not before:
On November 7, Superintendent Art Rainwater made his annual report to the Board of Education on progress toward meeting the district's student achievement goal in reading. As he did last fall, the superintendent made some interesting claims about the district's success in closing the academic achievement gap "based on race".

According to Mr. Rainwater, the place to look for evidence of a closing achievement gap is the comparison of the percentage of African American third graders who score at the lowest level of performance on statewide tests and the percentage of other racial groups scoring at that level. He says that, after accounting for income differences, there is no gap associated with race at the lowest level of achievement in reading. He made the same claim last year, telling the Wisconsin State Journal on September 24, 2004, "for those kids for whom an ability to read would prevent them from being successful, we've reduced that percentage very substantially, and basically, for all practical purposes, closed the gap". Last Monday, he stated that the gap between percentages scoring at the lowest level "is the original gap" that the board set out to close.

Unfortunately, that is not the achievement gap that the board aimed to close.

2006: "They're all Rich White Kids, and they'll do just fine, NOT!"

2009: An emphasis on adult employment.

2013: What will be different, this time?

Madison Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham, 2015:
Shortly after the office was proposed, Cheatham said non-district-authorized charter schools have "no consistent record of improving education for children, but they do drain resources from public schools, without any control in our local community or school board." "Rather than invest in what we know works in education, this proposal puts resources in strategies with mixed results at the expense of our public school students," she said in May 2015

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, lead by Governor Elect, Tony Evers, has waived Massachusetts' style elementary teacher content knowledge requirements for thousands of teachers.

Compare Madison, WI high school graduation rates and academic achievement data.

Stretch Targets

Sarah Manski and Ed Hughes "withdrew" from their respective races in recent elections. The timing, in both cases was unfortunate for voters, and other candidates.


WORT FM Candidate discussion 2.5.2019 Cris Carusi and Kaleem Caire [mp3 audio]

Candidate Forums:
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at [MP3 audio Video]

Saturday 16 February 2019 by the Simpson Street Free Press (Seat 5) Video March 25 2019 Simpson Street Free Press Forum Video
Media Commentary

Capital Times spring election chat: mp3
Special Interests

Madison Partnership for Advanced Learning

Seat 3:
Kaleem Caire
Cris Carusi

Seat 4:
David Blaska
Ali Muldrow

Seat 5:
TJ Mertz (incumbent) (incumbent)
Ananda Mirilli
Madison Teachers, Inc. Annual Candidate Q & A:

Caire Carusi Blaska Borokhim Muldrow Mertz Mirilli

Progressive Dane: 2019 Candidate Q & A: Muldrow Mirilli


Please send suggestions, corrections and updates to zellmer@gmail.com Last updated 14 February 2019