A.O.C. for Madison schools boss

Might as well face it!

Just when the Head Groundskeeper finally memorized the name of Madison’s public schools chief, Carleton … Carleton … (it will come to me) … JENKINS! Just when your irascible bloggeur internalized the name of Madison’s public schools chief, he quits on us! His three years, they tell us, is the shortest tenure since a guy left in 1920 after a single year. Who can blame Dr. Jenkins?

It’s the toughest job in town.

Former mayor Dave Cieslewicz throws up a wish list in the search for the next superintendent. It’s like Elwood’s song from the Blues Brothers, “Rubber Biscuit.” (“A wish sandwich is the kind of a sandwich where you have two slices of bread and you wish you had some meat.”) As a public service, the Werkes summarizes his points so you don’t have to read the former mayor’s blogge:

•  Don’t forget the kids who play by the rules. 
•  Keep them safe. 
•  Recruit good teachers, and 
•  Communicate. Dr. Jenkins did deliver the first-ever State of the School District address, emulating Tony Evers and Joe Biden, but managed to squeeze out any actual (you know) content. Probably intended as his swan song. Mayor Dave’s fifth point is: 
•  Resist school board’s micro-management.

The Madison Board of Education: Laura Simkin, Christina Gomez Schmidt, Nichelle Nichols, Nicki Vander Meulen, Savion Castro, Ali Muldrow, Maia Pearson

But who hires the superintendent?

Dream on! None of that is going to happen with this school board! By and large, its seven members are a closed, self-referential loop of the education establishment, more Woke than a Collectivo barista. Social justice warriors wielding a $598 million annual budget. Take a quick look at our school board members:  

Savion Castro is said to be the youngest-ever member of the school board. What has he done in his 28 years? A lot of name calling, according to the record. Castro fought the Board of Regents in 2017 when they tried to protect free speech on campus from being shouted down. Called them “right-wing extremists.” Young Castro is now employed by the UW-Madison Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement.

Maia Pearson boasts of “over 10 years of organizing experience, including running a successful grassroots campaign for public office that focused on engaging young adults and communities of color.”

Nichelle Nichols (No, not the late Lt. Uhura of Star Trek) was a professional critical race theory educrat as executive director of the Office of Equity & Engagement at MMSD. 

Ali Muldrow helps run something called GSAFE. which “creates just schools for LGBTQ+ youth.”

Any hope in this spring’s school board elections?

Selecting a new superintendent for Madison’s 25,136 students would seem to elevate the importance of this Spring’s school board election. For the first seat, Nicki Vander Meulen is unopposed for re-election. Vying for the seat being vacated by Christina Gomez Schmidt are Blair Mosner Feltham and Badri Lankella. (Who? Feltham and Lankella. Oh!)

Ms. Feltham is employed by the Sun Prairie public schools as “equitable multi-level system of supports coordinator.” If that isn’t CRT by another name Blaska is a Chinese weather balloon!

Mr. Lankella is promising. Describes himself as a civil engineer and computer scientist who immigrated here from India 25 years ago. Proposes advanced learning programs in STEM subjects. “Competitive schools is my top priority.” (His interview video.)

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Used to be that some fairly accomplished individuals sought to serve in public office. Think of Mary Burke, former executive with the Trek bicycle company, and James Howard, an economist with the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory, not that long ago. On the other hand, they hired Jennifer Cheatham!

Who is likely to be Madison’s next schools super?


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19 Responses to A.O.C. for Madison schools boss

  1. Mike says:

    Sounds like Mr. Lankrella would be an excellent, logical choice given his stated goals. But this being Madison, that immediately eliminates him. That plus the fact he seems to be the only one who has ever worked at a real job for a living. In the end, our education system remains abysmal with no hope for improvement in the foreseeable future.

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  2. One Eye says:

    Mary Burke was fairly accomplished at taking vacations. She had no business being Governor or on the school board.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

      At least she wasn’t involved with an organization which oversaw the off-shore, non-union/slave labor assembly of BIKIES…right…?

      The Gotch


  3. Bob says:

    Only the “WOKE LEFT” need apply. The one before Dr. Jenkins left before he even started. It only took a couple of days in Madison for him to see he was better off in Texas.


  4. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    That photo of the Madison Board of Education [sic] belongs in the Babylon Bee. It tics every box for diversity, equity and inclusion–and it also tics every box for self-righteousness, arrogance and incompetence. What kind of School Superintendent can we expect from these folx? Someone just like themselves because, well, how could you possibly hope for anything better? At least we can safely predict who he/she/they won’t be: a straight white male (assuming anyone with those credentials would waste his time applying).


  5. richard lesiak says:

    My vote is for George Santos. He does have impeccable credentials.


  6. Bill Cleary says:

    What I would like to see if we can find a school boss who will insist that all teachers and staff learn the Socratic method of teaching and use it in their classrooms.


  7. Mordecai The Red says:

    For the love of God, get some men in that group. Savion Castro doesn’t count. Woke women couldn’t care less about the success of boys, or the discipline and rigor needed to foster it.

    I’m discovering that a decent number of friends and colleagues of mine have pulled their kids out of public schools, many because of the damage Common Core has done, and others because of chaotic classrooms. I can’t blame them for abandoning a failing product.

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    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Tucker Carlson hit it right on the snout when he called Democrats the party of weak men and angry women. That photo is Exhibit A (despite the forced smiles on the pusses of the angry wimmin).


  8. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    Despicable Lefties (weak, ‘nadless, incel men and terminally angry wymyn) are in an Arms Race to see who can gather the most WOKE bona fides.

    Would anyone be surprised if the choices…um…display a certain Rachel Levine/Sam Brinton feel?

    No one should be; Lefty’s blissfully unaware of the absolutely staggering hypocrisy required to vote someone (Ali Muldrow) in…TWICE!

    FF‘sS; she doesn’t even trust the school system she’s tasked with representing to INDOCTRICATE her own litter.

    Sanctimonious pretense; thy name is Lefty!

    The Gotch


  9. Midvale Blvd says:

    There is an old saying among search consultants that specialize in recruiting school district superintendents – Communities get the superintendent they want and deserve. That board of education doesn’t reflect the City of Madison, but the voters selected them so it goes. Bring back Dan Nerad – a search consultant now…You can’t fix crazy.

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    • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

      Communities get the superintendent they want and deserve.

      THAT casts a certain gloom over things!

      The Gotch


  10. White Hills says:

    They’re running the district into the ground. Not a single professional in that group. All fake title bureaucrats.

    If we can’t get into a private school next fall, we’ll have to move. I’m surprised so many parents go along with this. Or they just don’t know, or care.


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