Category Archives: labor

Be a Lady — No Acting Required

Going to the gym is the equivalent of engaging in a sociological study. Today, my lens was gender. I glanced around the changing room and cringed at the curling irons, make up, hair spray, and accessories. Women were in many … Continue reading

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What the Right Couldn’t Take

The present condition of politics in education is gloomy. School workers report high levels of stress, health problems, and thoughts of abandoning their career. Many pinpoint the source — a lack of respect for the profession that has become the new … Continue reading

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Miss Nelson is Missing

Last week marked the first week of school for students in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) and across the state. Those first days of school are filled with excitement for many – shopping for back to school supplies, gathering … Continue reading

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Where is the Plan in the BEP?

According to the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) website, the Behavior Education Plan (BEP) that was approved in March of 2014 “moves our district away from a code of conduct based on a punitive model in favor of one that … Continue reading

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Make me a Match

TeacherMatch sounds like something straight off the cover of the Onion, especially when eyeing up the price tag, but it could be the new reality of the Madison Metropolitan School District. It is enough to make Yente, the matchmaker from … Continue reading

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Ready, Set, Bargain!

Approximately 250 people filled the McDaniels Auditorium in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) Administration building last Thursday night to advocate for the teachers’ right to a place at the bargaining table. Thirty people signed up to speak, including Representative … Continue reading

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Respect for Workers Means a Place at the Table

As the MTI red and AFSCME green packed the meeting room and the halls of the MMSD Administration Building Monday night, I couldn’t help but think that we’d been here before. The budget was on the work committee’s agenda, but … Continue reading

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~ Unity, Commitment, Action ~

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FLORES TO RUN FOR MADISON SCHOOL BOARD, SEAT 6 City of Madison firefighter and paramedic, Michael Flores, has announced his candidacy for next spring’s MMSD Board of Education election. Flores seeks to fill the … Continue reading

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6th Annual Sennett Family Picnic Inspires Hope

On Wednesday, September 18th approximately 300 people filled Southdale Park for the 6th Annual Sennett Family Picnic.  Sennett staff, students, families, and MMSD’s assistant superintendent of secondary schools, Alex Fralin, were in attendance.  It was an amazing sight. Shortly after … Continue reading

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Speak Out, No Permit Required

Today marks the last day of summer break for Madison teachers. I was at school preparing for next week’s arrival of students, but at 11:30, I found myself glancing up at my classroom clock more and more frequently. It felt … Continue reading

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