Madison’s taxpayer supported k-12 Governance Priorities

Scott Girard:

By Monday night, Thomas Jefferson Middle School could have a new name.

The Madison School Board will hold its regular monthly meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Monday with a vote on renaming the school on its agenda — 364 days after the process began with then-principal Sue Abplanalp making a renaming request to the board.

The two options the board will consider for the west side school are Ezekiel Gillespie and Maya Angelou. The building is next door to Vel Phillips Memorial High School, the most recently renamed school building in the Madison Metropolitan School District and the third in three years.

Each of those schools has been renamed for a Black woman with local connections: Phillips, Virginia Henderson Elementary School and Milele Chikasa Anana Elementary School.

Jefferson Middle School is named for the third president of the United States and original drafter of the Declaration of Independence. Despite writing against slavery and the slave trade, Jefferson owned hundreds of slaves on his plantation.

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”

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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”

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