Monthly Archives: June 2010

Evers Calls for Abolition of School Levy Credit: MMSD Property Tax Payers Stand to Lose Again

Last week, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers unveiled a package of proposals for overhauling the state’s system for funding schools.  Good for him.  Any effort to jumpstart a serious discussion about school funding reform is a positive step. … Continue reading

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What’s Going On with the MMSD Administrative Reorganization?

Like most large organizations, the Madison school district seems subject to the iron law that everything always takes longer than you expect.  This certainly holds true for the ongoing reorganization of the district administration. While Dan Nerad has been superintendent … Continue reading

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Embracing the Future

As the parent of a high school senior, I occasionally take a look at the New York Times blog The Choice about the college admission process.  Currently the blog features some posts from college-bound seniors reflecting with emotion on their … Continue reading

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Local School Blogs: They’re All Good

Thanks to Susan Troller for the kind shout-out.    I’m glad the article also mentioned others blogging on school topics.  Jim Zellmer has long provided a wonderful resource for the community with his School Information System (SIS) blog.  Several years ago, it … Continue reading

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State Aid: It Could Have Been Much Worse. No, Seriously.

One topic that I expect to address fairly often is the state funding formula for schools.  Let’s start the discussion with a memo that may have been the most stunning school-related document I read this past year. It’s a three-page  … Continue reading

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Can’t He Write About Anything Besides Tuck-Pointing?

I was thinking some more about the extent to which the Board is culpable for doing a less-than-stellar job in following through on maintenance projects, like the tuck-pointing at East.  But it occurred to me that I’m an East parent … Continue reading

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That Darn $250,000 House Trope Leads the State Journal Astray

I plan to write in more detail about why I dislike the tradition of explaining property tax levy changes in terms of the impact on the owner of a house assessed at a value of $250,000.   The editorial in this … Continue reading

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