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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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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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Placing “Community First”

One of the criticisms of politics is that it lacks heart. Too frequently, campaigns and political activity are driven by the numbers, rather than by ideals. Neighborhoods or people are ranked according to their likelihood of voting and voting the … Continue reading

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Write the BOE and Ask Them to Collectively Bargain

TJ Mertz did a wonderful write-up in AMPS, so there is no reason for me to redo his work. Please read his post and write the Madison Board of Education at board@madison.k12.wi.us to ask them to engage in fair contract … Continue reading

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Merit Pay Undermines Public Education

The first week of school has just concluded, and my new principal has held true to his word by spending time out in the classrooms. After school on Friday, a coworker came up to me to let me know that … Continue reading

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Uncharted Territory for MMSD

“The kids are delighted to be back at school,” James Howard said as he addressed the Board and numerous spectators at tonight’s Board of Education Workshop. Everyone nodded their heads in agreement, while they anxiously awaited the real topic of … Continue reading

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From Chicago to Madison: Unions Protect All Our Students

I didn’t know what to expect as I headed out to the Labor Temple last Wednesday to hear Becca Kelly, a member of the Chicago Teacher Union (CTU) speak. I knew that a strike seemed imminent. In an amazing show … Continue reading

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