Lee Sensenbrenner writes about Wednesday’s School Board Candidate Statements to the Madison Rotary Club:
Given six unfettered minutes to explain to the Madison Downtown Rotary why she is seeking re-election to the Madison School Board, Ruth Robarts said that with or without her, the school district has sharp divisions.
“I think it’s wishful thinking that says removing me from the board will heal this divide, and we’ll go forward in a unified way,” she said during Wednesday’s meeting. “I think now, in a very real way, our board needs a diversity of viewpoints. To grow confidence in the board, we need to have a full debate of issues and approaches.”
The Cap Times Editorial Page comments on the role of the School Board vis a vis the Administration.
Wishoops.net has excellent coverage of this weekends WIAA boys basketball tournament (box scores and video clips).
Nice to see student radio back on the air…. [91.7FM Madison] [xml feed]
Beautifully done Quicktime VR and Video tour of the Bahamas (58MB)
Rather appropriate on a cool, snowy Madison day…
The Wisconsin State Journal’s Editorial Page writes:
Instead of recognizing the Florence County cash squeeze for what it is – a symptom of a statewide school financing problem begging for legislative attention – lawmakers instead will:
Roll over for whiners hollering “crisis!” Many large rural school districts are in trouble, squeezed by declining enrollment, inadequate tax base and high transportation costs. Florence County’s substantial loss of state aid in recent years matches a corresponding decline in student enrollment. Lawmakers wrote this formula, which applies to all public schools, not just one in the hinterlands.
Reward bad management. The Florence County School Board recently bought out the contracts of three administrators for a whopping $439,000, plus extended health coverage for the former superintendent. With that kind of money at stake, school officials could have served taxpayers better by jetting in Donald Trump to bark out his catch phrase: “You’re fired!”
It’s certainly time to revisit how we fund public education. I sincerely hope that Governor Doyle thinks about this while winging his way to China (on a Tommy Thompson style trade mission) [WI Dept of Commerce 6 page PDF document on the trip fees & schedule]