|Board member, Janesville Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 2, 2013|
|Next general||April 1, 2014|
As of January 29, 2014, Jackson 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 29, 2014, Jackson has not received any official endorsements for his campaign.
|Janesville Board of Education, At-large, 3-year term, April 2, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Peter D. Severson||16.6%||3,096|
|Source: Rock County Clerk, "2013 Spring Non-partisan," accessed January 28, 2014|
In an interview with GazetteXtra, Jackson expressed his concerns about the introduction of charter schools into the district:
|“||I'm terrified because currently I don't believe we are in a stable place for our school systems. We'd be an easy mark for schools like that to come in and steal all our students away...Until all that is said and done, to try to make more changes, it's just going to hurt us in the end. I think we're going to find ourselves backpedaling if we don't stabilize the things we have changed.||”|
What's at stake?
Incumbents Kevin Murray and Bill Sodemann are seeking re-election against challengers Diane Eyers, Fred Jackson and Dale Thompson. The board will welcome at least one new member as current member Scott Feldt did not file for re-election.
Issues in the election
March 4 candidate forum
The League of Women Voters and the Janesville Area Council PTA hosted a candidate forum on March 4. Every candidate except Fred Jackson attended the forum. Incumbents Kevin Murray and Bill Sodemann argued for their re-election bids based on recent progress achieved by the board. Murray believes that the district must retain experienced teachers in order to improve academic performance. Sodemann decided to seek re-election to promote Journey to Excellence, an initiative that uses results in the classroom to assess employee performance.
Challengers Diane Eyers and Dale Thompson emphasized the need for greater communication between district officials, teachers and parents. Eyers suggested that the district has to improve communications with the public regarding new policies. Thompson believes that teachers should be more involved in policy development rather than waiting for policies from the board. He also argued that the state legislature needs to provide more time for the district to meet Common Core curriculum standards.
About the district
- See also: Janesville School District, Wisconsin
Janesville underperformed in comparison to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 21.5% of Janesville 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 Janesville was $49,084 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Janesville was 14.1% compared to 12.5% for the entire state.
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- GazetteXtra, "Five in the running for three Janesville School Board seats," January 8, 2014
- Elect Fred Jackson, "Home," accessed February 25, 2014
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Campaign Finance Overview: Local Candidates," May 2010
- Nick Crow, GazetteXtra," "Janesville School Board candidates tackle issues during forum," March 5, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Janesville, Wisconsin," accessed January 28, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
- Government Accountability Board, "Wisconsin Election Results," accessed January 28, 2014
|2014 Janesville School District Elections|
|Election date:||April 1, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large • Diane Eyers • Fred Jackson • Kevin Murray • Bill Sodemann • Dale Thompson|
|Important information:||What's at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|