Notes on administrative mandates vs elected official votes: Dane County Edition

Allison Garfield:

Authored by county Supervisor Jeff Weigand, who represents District 20 just east of Sun Prairie, the resolution has been before the city and county’s joint public health committee twice, once in September and once in December. Most recently, on Dec. 1, the resolution was indefinitely postponed in committee.

But the resolution made its way before the full board for the first time Thursday, much to the chagrin of several supervisors who had been part of its original suspension. Weigand, however, said he was proud the resolution was finally getting the full board’s attention.

Echoing comments made by many in public comment, Weigand argued the public health department hasn’t been transparent with data “to evaluate mask extensions.”

“We have unanswered questions,” he said. “This is far beyond an immediate emergency in which the health department would need to act.”

Dane County Board Chair Analiese Eicher told the Cap Times Thursday before the meeting that public health officials have the statutory authority to help protect the public from public health emergencies. And she said the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be just that.

While 80 people registered to speak during public comment, both in support and in opposition of the resolution, Eicher announced at the beginning of the meeting that 123 people registered in support of the resolution and 547 in opposition, but weren’t speaking at the meeting.

Mandates, closed schools and Dane County Madison Public Health.

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”

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.

My Question to Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Teacher Mulligans and our 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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