|Board member, Madison Board of Education, Seat 7|
|Years in position||6|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 5, 2011|
|Next general||April 1, 2014|
|J.D.||University of Chicago|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 What's at stake?
- 5 About the district
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
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.
Hughes is seeking re-election without opposition during the general election on April 1, 2014.
As of January 28, 2014, Hughes has not reported any campaign contributions or expenditures to the district office. 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.
As of January 28, 2014, Hughes has not received any official endorsements for his campaign.
Hughes won a second term on the board without opposition in April 2011.
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.
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What's at stake?
Newcomers Michael Flores and Wayne Strong are competing to replace Marj Passman in Seat 6. Passman did not file for re-election by the January 7, 2014 deadline. Board president Ed Hughes is seeking re-election to Seat 7 without opposition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
About the districtDane County and the capital of Wisconsin. According to the United States Census Bureau, Madison is home to 240,323 residents. Madison Metropolitan School District is the second-largest school district in Wisconsin, serving 24,806 students during the 2010-11 school year.
Madison outperformed the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. 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.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Ed + Hughes + Madison + School + District + Wisconsin"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Madison Metropolitan School District, Wisconsin
- Madison Metropolitan School District elections (2014)
- Madison Metropolitan School District, "Board of Education Members," accessed January 28, 2014
- Stafford Rosenbaum LLP, "Edwin Hughes," accessed January 28, 2014
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Campaign Finance Overview: Local Candidates," May 2010
- Madison.com, "No contest: No one files challenge in coming Madison School Board election," January 4, 2011
- Ed Hughes School Blog, "A Technology Plan for Madison Schools," January 25, 2014
- Pat Schneider, The Capital Times, "Community presses Madison school board candidates for remedy to achievement gap," March 5, 2014
- Jack Craver, The Capital Times, "MTI issues dual endorsement in Madison school board race," February 22, 2014
- Madison.com, "Parents ask what's the rush on Madison schools' $31 million tech plan," January 22, 2014
- Jeff Glaze, Wisconsin State Journal, "Madison School Board approves $27.7 million technology plan," January 28, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Madison, Wisconsin," accessed January 27, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
- Dane County Clerk's Office, "Election Results," accessed January 27, 2014
|2014 Madison Metropolitan School District Elections|
|Election date:||April 1, 2014|
|Candidates:||Seat 6: • Michael Flores • Wayne Strong|
Seat 7: • Ed Hughes
|Important information:||What's at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|