Ed Hughes

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Ed Hughes
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Board member, Madison Board of Education, Seat 7
Term ends
April 2017
Years in position 7
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 1, 2014
First electedApril 2008
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sGeorgetown University
J.D.University of Chicago
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Ed Hughes currently represents Seat 7 of the Madison Board of Education in Wisconsin. He first won election to the board in 2007. Hughes won re-election to the board without opposition in the general election on April 1, 2014. Seat 7 represents Badger Rock Middle School as well as six elementary schools.[1]


Hughes earned his bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in 1974. He later earned a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1978. Hughes previously worked in the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division. He was the telecommunications advocate for the state of Wisconsin from 1997 to 1999. Hughes and his wife, Ann Brickson, have two adult children.[2]



See also: Madison Metropolitan School District elections (2014)


Ed Hughes sought re-election without opposition during the general election on April 1, 2014.


Hughes did not face an opponent in the general election.


Hughes did not report any expenditures or contributions to the Madison City Clerk by the March 24 pre-election reporting deadline.[3] State law allows candidates to claim exempt status from campaign finance reporting if contributions and expenditures do not exceed $1,000 during a calendar year.[4]


Hughes did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.


Hughes won a second term on the board without opposition in April 2011.[5]

Campaign themes


Hughes explained his views on the district's Tech Plan in a recent blog post:

My personal view is that it is not a question of whether we make a large investment in providing our students with improved technology but rather how we do it. Whether it is Kindergarten students with iPads or high school students communicating through some software platform I don’t understand, technology is increasingly prevalent in the lives of our students. If we are to prepare out students to be college, career and community ready, we have to provide them with the tools and help them develop the skills they need. We’ll also need an upgrade in technology to enable us to explore potentially effective instructional strategies, like “flipped” classrooms.

A one-to-one computing strategy should also help our students who have less access to technology at home and so could be a step toward bridging our community’s digital divide. To this end, we’d certainly look for opportunities to work with the city and other interested parties on efforts to make free or low-cost, high-speed internet access available in all our neighborhoods.

In the end, the path we pursue will be shaped by the understanding that any technology we acquire must be a complement to, and not a substitute for, great teaching, which remains the heart of our enterprise. [6]

—Ed Hughes school blog, (2014) [7]

What was at stake?

Issues in the election

March 4 candidate forum

All three candidates attended a March 4 forum sponsored by 100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. and held at the Fountain of Life Family Worship Center. The event focused on how the candidates would deal with the achievement gap in district schools. Hughes argued that the community, school employees and students need to work hard to create an improved learning environment. He also discussed the need for an improved job market as an incentive for students. Strong expressed concern that the current code of conduct disproportionately impacts minority students and leads to poorer academic performance. Flores advocated a focus on early reading programs and cultural education that engage struggling students.[8]

February 19 candidate forum

The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce held a candidate forum on February 19 featuring both candidates for Seat 6. Flores and Strong agreed on changing the district's disciplinary model to focus on student improvement rather than punishment. Both candidates disagreed on the Tech Plan approved by the district in late January. Strong argued that the Tech Plan will prepare students for careers in an evolving economy. Flores countered that the costs of the program and lack of public input outweighed the benefits of the plan.[9]

Issues in the district

Debate over Tech Plan

Rival community groups in Madison debated the virtues of the district's five-year Tech Plan during board meetings in January 2014. The Tech Plan will use $27.7 million to incorporate enough computers into area schools to ensure one-on-one instruction. The plan's annual expenses will grow from $1.5 million during the 2013-2014 school year to $8.4 million during the 2018-2019 school year. The board approved the plan by a 6-1 vote on January 27 after reducing total costs from $31 million to $27.7 million.[10][11]

The School-Community Alliance for Public Education (SCAPE) advocated for a more thorough review of the program by the board. SCAPE believed that the annual cost of the Tech Plan deserves greater scrutiny by district residents. The group also suggested that one-on-one computing might not be valuable enough for K-3 students to warrant higher expenses.[10]

The Leopold Parent-Faculty Organization supported implementation of the Tech Plan based on their own experiences with one-on-one computing. The organization raised private funds to purchase iPads and other technology for students in south side schools. Organizers noted the broad popularity of this initial investment and express concern about the district's outdated technology infrastructure.[10]

About the district

See also: Madison Metropolitan School District, Wisconsin
Madison Metropolitan School District is located in Madison, Wisconsin
Madison Metropolitan School District is located in Madison, Wisconsin. Madison is the county seat of Dane County and the capital of Wisconsin. According to the United States Census Bureau, Madison is home to 240,323 residents.[12] Madison Metropolitan School District is the second-largest school district in Wisconsin, serving 24,806 students during the 2010-11 school year.[13]


Madison outperformed the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 53.3% of Madison residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 26.4% for Wisconsin as a whole. The median household income in Madison was $53,958 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Madison was 18.5% compared to 12.5% for the entire state.[12]

Racial Demographics, 2010[12]
Race Madison (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 78.9 86.2
Black or African American 7.3 6.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.0
Asian 7.4 2.3
Two or More Races 3.1 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 6.8 5.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[14]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 61.1 32.5
2008 66.0 32.9
2004 72.8 25.8
2000 71.0 27.5

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[15][16]

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  1. Madison Metropolitan School District, "Board of Education Members," accessed January 28, 2014
  2. Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, "Edwin Hughes," accessed January 28, 2014
  3. City of Madison, "Madison Metropolitan School District: 2014 Campaign Finance filings," accessed March 26, 2014
  4. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Campaign Finance Overview: Local Candidates," May 2010
  5. Madison.com, "No contest: No one files challenge in coming Madison School Board election," January 4, 2011
  6. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  7. Ed Hughes School Blog, "A Technology Plan for Madison Schools," January 25, 2014
  8. Pat Schneider, The Capital Times, "Community presses Madison school board candidates for remedy to achievement gap," March 5, 2014
  9. Jack Craver, The Capital Times, "MTI issues dual endorsement in Madison school board race," February 22, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Madison.com, "Parents ask what's the rush on Madison schools' $31 million tech plan," January 22, 2014
  11. Jeff Glaze, Wisconsin State Journal, "Madison School Board approves $27.7 million technology plan," January 28, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 United States Census Bureau, "Madison, Wisconsin," accessed January 27, 2014
  13. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
  14. Dane County Clerk's Office, "Election Results," accessed January 27, 2014
  15. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  16. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.