“It’s unusual,” said James Howard, who was a Madison School Board member for nine years. “The last few years with open seats we’ve had contested races but it’s a sign of the times.”
During a "virtual reception" Tuesday, community and faith leaders offered support and advice to Jenkins who said he's "ready to go to work" addressing racial disparities when he becomes the district's first Black superintendent.
Hiring a superintendent is the most important job of a School Board, according to the Madison School Board's current and past presidents.
The Madison School Board has been willing to pass initiatives to raise the achievement for students of color only when embedded in ones that benefit our white students. This election offers an opportunity for a board that has a greater chance to vote in favor of initiatives specifically designed to increase the academic achievement of students of color. That's why I am endorsing Ali Muldrow, Kaleem Caire and Ananda Mirilli in Tuesday's primary.
"Electing board members of color creates increased shared decision making in a district where the majority of the decision makers will remain predominantly white," Howard said in a statement.
Ten candidates are running for three seats in 2019.
With his departure, the School Board will get two new members in April 2019.
Mertz was first elected in 2013.
Madison School Board elections are unlike all or most other school board elections in the state.
Little drama during meeting after protesters shut down earlier attempt to pass budget.
Madison Metropolitan School District data shows 1,122 suspensions across the district so far this school year, compared to 892 at the same point last year, an increase of 230.
Local elected leaders call on Gov. Scott Walker to take action on gun reform bills.
The November 2016 operational referendum gave the Madison School Board the authority to levy an additional $10 million this year to support schools. The Board has to decide how much it will use by next week.
A lot of PTOs would like to have that kind of money.
OUR VIEW: More black students, particularly boys, are earning diplomas within six years
The Madison Metropolitan School District will spend the summer revising its advanced learner plan with the goal of implementing changes in the 2017-2018 school year.
Too bad; the Madison School Board's unusual electoral system has chosen for you.
Madison East Junior Aireyanna Connors was arrested following a fight at East High School. Community leaders say the incident should have been handled internally.
Madison School Board members and local community groups are organizing to support the 2016 K-12 referendum.
Members reach consensus that a three-year contract is best as analysis of officers’ work conducted.
The measure would allow the district to permanently exceed state-imposed revenue limits by $26 million each year into perpetuity.
Madison Metropolitan School District announces third annual strategic framework report.
The district's leadership doesn't trust itself to know its biases well enough to keep them in check, and hopes a policy will do it for them.