Madison schools: where sunlight never penetrates

When will voters demand accountability?

As impenetrable as a galactic black hole, the Madison Metropolitan School District guards its secrets. What is the WaPost motto? “Democracy Dies In Darkness.” After being denied access to public records for a year now, our good government allies at Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty are are bringing lawsuit against MMSD. 

WILL wants access to a district directive that teachers “prioritize your African American students meeting with you first and more often in a program to improve reading, math, and something called “foundational skills.”

“MMSD still refuses to provide public records related to this racially discriminatory policy,” WILL charges. 

→ “Madison schools: Press #1 for white; press #2 for black.”

“MMSD might be the state’s worst offender when it comes to extreme delays in responding to record requests. Several requests to the district have remained unfulfilled for more than a year, and they have a long history of problems.”

— Tom Kamenick, president of the Wisconsin Transparency Project

Blaska is also waiting

Restorative justice is now in its seventh academic year at Madison’s public schools. The Werkes asked the school district:

• What is restorative justice?
• What does it look like?
• How long does it take?

• Where is it conducted?
• Who performs it?
• What criteria determine who qualifies and who (instead) is referred to the legal system?

• How many students are currently undergoing restorative justice?
• How many students have completed restorative justice?
• What are the metrics that determine restorative justice has succeeded?

• How many restorative justice “graduates” been a) re-admitted to that program or b) referred to the criminal justice system?

We submitted those questions eleven months ago on 02-23-22. We are still waiting for answers.

WILL Deputy Counsel Dan Lennington submitted his records request in January 2022, followed up on March 8, August 4, September 19, September 28, November 18 and December 6 with no response other than a single comment from MMSD that “we will review this request as soon as practical.” (More here.)

Blaska’s Bottom Line:  Kids who need help to learn should get that help. Their race should not matter — except to race-obsessed educrats who want to make “the numbers work.” WILL is doing the work the WI State Journal should be doing. The Capital Times, in particular, keeps calling school choice vouchersunaccountable” but praises the Madison school board. 

Will voters hold school board members accountable on April 4?


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7 Responses to Madison schools: where sunlight never penetrates

  1. George Mitchell says:

    One of your better ones

    George Mitchell


  2. steve says:

    don’t hold your breath. A couple of years ago, Madison progs voted money to build a new school despite the fact that school enrollment has been steadily declining for several years…..


    • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

      They’re like commercial fisherman who can’t figure out why their Catch-N-Release method isn’t profitable…

      Despicable Lefties, they!

      The Gotch


  3. brynstane says:

    MMSD student reading proficiency is demonstrably (by standardized state tests) abysmal. Perhaps that’s true of MMDS administrative staff as well, and they simply are not sufficiently literate to comprehend and respond to taxpayer inquiries.


  4. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    “How many restorative justice ‘graduates’ been a) re-admitted to that program or b) referred to the criminal justice system?”

    In addition to everything else he $#!t on, was Khari Sanford a beneficiary of that, as well?

    The Gotch


  5. Bob says:

    Famous words from a movie. “You can’t handle the truth”. You can’t get anything out of MMSD. How many people work at the administration build? Why do you need more money for fewer students? How many studies have been done threw the years to get minority students grades up and did you implement any? How many students drop out or don’t graduate? On and on.
    The are funded with tax payer money no matter what the source is but they want no accountability for how they spend it. when the covid dollars dry up they will have another referendum.


    • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

      Great points, Bob! As bad as things are in The 77 Square Miles Surrounded By A Sea Of Reality, and as Blaska noted a mere three (3) days ago:

      *Wisconsin has the LARGEST EDUCATIONAL RACIAL ACHIEVEMENT GAP of any state in the nation.
      (bolds/caps/italics mine)

      Standing a post at the DPI during this deplorable travesty?

      None other than Ichabod Evers.

      Lefty’s been in charge for time immemorial; consider their educational focus (proper pronouns, renaming schools, victimhoodie, the BEP, CRT, bLack LIES Matter, etc.) and ask yourself: Is this on track to get better, stay the same, or get worse…?

      The Gotch


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