Taxpayer supported Madison K-12 Governance climate: “could barely communicate with me” and that “they’re just giving people damn jobs.”

Chris Rickert:

Attempts to reach Copeland Thursday night were not successful. Copeland filed a grievance seeking to recover his job on Oct. 12. Attempts to reach his attorney in that matter also were not successful.

Many Sennett parents and staff were dismayed by Copeland’s sudden firing. During a School Board meeting shortly after he was let go, dozens of people questioned the move and asked that he be reinstated, saying bullying and damaging property at the Southeast Side school all but stopped under Copeland’s short tenure.

“You have the ability to save a school, save a staff, save 700 kids,” Tom Blau, who teaches eighth-grade language arts at Sennett, said at the time. “Please, we’re all begging you. Please just do what’s right” and “bring back Dr. Copeland.”

In the voicemail recording released by the district, Copeland can be heard telling the job candidate to give him a call back about an “employment opportunity.”

Then a conversation between him and another staff member can be heard in which the staff member says the candidate appears to have an interest in becoming a science teacher but that perhaps the candidate can obtain an emergency teaching license and get some training and work in special education.

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”

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

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.

“An emphasis on adult employment”

Wisconsin Public Policy Forum Madison School District Report[PDF]

WEAC: $1.57 million for Four Wisconsin Senators

Friday Afternoon Veto: Governor Evers Rejects AB446/SB454; an effort to address our long term, disastrous reading results

Booked, but can’t read (Madison): functional literacy, National citizenship and the new face of Dred Scott in the age of mass incarceration.

No When A Stands for Average: Students at the UW-Madison School of Education Receive Sky-High Grades. How Smart is That?