Madison Metropolitan School District, Wisconsin
|Madison Metropolitan School District|
|Number of schools:||49|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Ed Hughes|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Madison Metropolitan School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtMadison in south-central Wisconsin. Madison is the county seat of Dane County and the capital of Wisconsin. Madison is home to 240,323 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau. During the 2011-2012 school year, Madison Metropolitan School District was the second-largest school district in Wisconsin and served 24,806 students.
Higher education achievement
Madison outperformed the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 53.3 percent of Madison residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.4 percent for Wisconsin as a whole.
Median household income
From 2008 through 2012, 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 percent from 2008 through 2012. During that same time period, the poverty rate for the entire state was 12.5 percent.
Racial and political demographics
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. 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.
The superintendent of Madison Metropolitan School District during the 2013-2014 school year was Jennifer Cheatham. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2013. Cheatham previously served as an administrator with San Diego Unified School District and Chicago Public Schools. She was offered an annual salary of $235,000 by the board of education.
The Madison Metropolitan Board of Education consists of seven members elected to three-year terms. Each member is elected to a specific seat number that represents a specific group of schools.
|Madison Metropolitan Board of Education|
The Madison Board of Education voted unanimously on 89.7 percent of its votes between January 1, 2014, and July 1, 2014. Out of all votes recorded by the board, 94.9 percent passed.
- When the board did not vote unanimously:
- Half of the votes did not pass.
- Mary Burke and James Howard voted together 100 percent of the time. Beyond them, there was no clear pattern or alignment between the board members on non-unanimous votes.
- No board member voted "no" on more than three proposals.
- Michael Flores, who was first elected in April 2014, did not vote "no" on any proposals.
The voting data indicates that there is no clear governing majority or minority faction on the board. No individual board member's voting record differs significantly from that of the other board members.
School board elections
Members of the Madison Metropolitan Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats were up for election on April 1, 2014. Two seats will be up for election on April 7, 2015, and three seats will be on the ballot in April 2016.
Public participation in board meetings
The Board of Education maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings, which was last updated in 2013:
|“||The public is invited to register and speak at BOARD regular, special, and work group meetings as listed in the agenda and at hearings called by the BOARD on special topics. See BOARD Policy 1221.
—MMSD Policies and Procedures, (2013), 
The Madison Metropolitan School District's budget is published on its website. Details on the district's revenue and expenditures in recent years can be found in the tables below. The following charts show the percentages of revenue and expenditures by type for the 2014-2015 school year.
From 2011 to 2015, the district's revenues increased by 28.6 percent. Though federal aid decreased during this time period, both state and local aid increased.
|Revenue by Category|
|School Year||Local||Other School Districts||State Aid||Federal Aid||Other||Revenue Total|
|Total||% of Revenue||Total||% of Revenue||Total||% of Revenue||Total||% of Revenue||Total||% of Revenue|
From 2011 to 2015, the district's total expenditures increased by 30.2 percent. Expenditures on staff expenses, students services and operational expenses all increased.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Teacher salaries at Madison Metropolitan School District are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2012-2013 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Teachers in Madison Metropolitan School District are represented by Madison Teachers Inc. (MTI). The president of MTI for the 2014-2015 school year is Mike Lipp.
Schools in Madison Metropolitan School District
The district served 27,295 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 10.1 percent increase in enrollment between 2009 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2009 and 2013:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Madison Metropolitan School District operates 49 K-12 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:
|Madison Metropolitan School District|
|Allis Elementary School|
|Badger Rock Middle School|
|Black Hawk Middle School|
|Chavez Elementary School|
|Cherokee Middle School|
|Crestwood Elementary School|
|East High School|
|Elvehjem Elementary School|
|Emerson Elementary School|
|Falk Elementary School|
|Franklin Elementary School|
|Glendale Elementary School|
|Gompers Elementary School|
|Hamilton Middle School|
|Hawthorne Elementary School|
|Huegel Elementary School|
|Jefferson Middle School|
|Kennedy Elementary School|
|La Follette High School|
|Lake View Elementary School|
|Lapham Elementary School|
|Leopold Elementary School|
|Lincoln Elementary School|
|Lindbergh Elementary School|
|Lowell Elementary School|
|Marquette Elementary School|
|Memorial High School|
|Mendota Elementary School|
|Midvale Elementary School|
|Muir Elementary School|
|Nuestro Mundo Elementary School|
|O'Keeffe Middle School|
|Olson Elementary School|
|Orchard Ridge Elementary School|
|Randall Elementary School|
|Sandburg Elementary School|
|Schenck Elementary School|
|Sennett Middle School|
|Shabazz High School|
|Sherman Middle School|
|Shorewood Elementary School|
|Spring Harbor Middle School|
|Stephens Elementary School|
|Thoreau Elementary School|
|Toki Middle School|
|Van Hise Elementary School|
|West High School|
|Whitehorse Middle School|
|Wright Middle School|
- See also: Public education in Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction administers annual Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) tests to students throughout the state. These tests assess proficiency in math and reading among students in grades three through eight as well as tenth grade. WSAS tests also evaluate proficiency in language arts, science and social studies at grades four, eight and ten. The Department of Public Instruction publishes results from WSAS tests as part of each district's Annual District Report Card.
The Annual District Report Card compares district performance with state performance based on four criteria:
- Student Achievement: This category compares reading and math performance by district students to state and national standards.
- Student Growth: This category compares year-to-year performance on reading and math sections in WSAS tests.
- Closing Gaps: This category compares test performance by low-performing groups in the district to similar cohorts across the state.
- On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness: This category uses benchmarks including ACT scores, graduation rate, attendance rate and math achievement to assess post-graduate preparedness.
Madison Metropolitan School District achieved an overall score of 69.8 during the 2013-2014 school year. The district's overall score led to a "Meets Expectations" designation from the Department of Public Instruction. The following table compares district performance with state performance according to the 2013-2014 Annual District Report Card:
The state's Annual District Report Card includes a review of district and state proficiency information in mathematics and reading for the previous five years. This review includes data from the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) and the Wisconsin Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities (WAA-SwD) for students from grades three through eight and 10. The following tables compare the district's percentage of proficient and advanced proficient students with state levels from the 2008-2009 school year through the 2013-2014 school year:
Superintendents write to state government over proposed budget cuts
Madison Metropolitan Superintendent Jen Cheatham signed a letter with 18 other superintendents across the state, asking the Governor of Wisconsin and the State Legislature for a consistent funding plan. The letter was written in February 2015 in response to the budget proposed by Gov. Scott Walker (R) in earlier in the year that called for a reduction in per-student funding by $150 for the 2015-2016 school year and an addition of $165 per student for the 2016-2017 school year.
In the letter, the superintendents discussed their concerns that such a budget cut would require cutting staff, salaries or benefits in order for their districts to stay afloat, which they worried would make it nearly impossible to retain talented teachers. They said they believed inflationary growth was necessary to maintain and grow their educational programs.
Walker's call to change the state's assessment system and allow districts to choose their own assessments from a state-approved list was also mentioned in the superintendent's letter. They asked the state government for one assessment system, saying an accountability system consisting of different assessments would create confusion. The full letter can be found here.
$41 million referendum goes to ballot
Residents of Madison, Wisconsin will be asked to approve a $41 million referendum in the school board elections on April 7, 2015. The Madison Metropolitan Board of Education approved the referendum question on December 15, 2014. If approved, the majority of the money, $39 million, would be used for additions and improved accessibility renovations for over a dozen schools. The remaining $2 million would be used for improving technology. The cost of the referendum would raise homeowners' taxes by approximately $63.
Validity of contracts questioned after Act 10 ruling
The Madison Metropolitan School District and Madison Teachers Inc., the district's teachers union, said their labor contracts are valid through June 2016, despite the fact that the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld Act 10, a collective bargaining bill that cut back the bargaining rights of public employees, on July 31, 2014. According to Rick Esenberg, founder and general counsel of the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, however, those contracts could be questioned in court, as any contract containing provisions barred under Act 10 could be seen as illegal. Though Act 10 allows only bargaining for pay increases, the district's labor contracts through 2016 also included workplace policies, such as job transfers and paycheck withholding.
Legal counsel to the Madison Metropolitan Board of Education was at odds with Esenberg, advising that the contracts would remain valid no matter the court's ruling on Act 10 as they were entered into before Act 10 became effective.
The dispute will have to be settled in court as the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, on behalf of Madison resident David Blaska, filed a lawsuit against the district on September 11, 2014. The lawsuit claims taxpayer money was illegally spent in different parts of the district's employee contracts. Marcia Standiford, communications director for the district, says the district administration believes it was on solid ground when the contracts were negotiated.
In October 2014, district officials and union leaders asked the Dane County Circuit Court to strike out portions of the lawsuit that referred to union dues and fair share payments, as Blaska was not a teacher or employee of the district. According to district officials, that meant he had no factual standing to make those specific allegations in the lawsuit.
Debate over Tech Plan
Rival community groups in Madison debated the virtues of the district's five-year Tech Plan proposal during school board meetings in January 2014. The $31 million Tech Plan proposed incorporating enough computers into area schools to ensure one-on-one instruction, which would increase annual expenses from $1.5 million during the 2013-2014 school year to $8.4 million during the 2018-2019 school year.
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 deserved 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 expressed concern about the district's outdated technology infrastructure.
The school board pre-approved the Tech Plan on April 28, 2014.
- List of school districts in Wisconsin
- Madison Metropolitan School District elections (2014)
- Madison Metropolitan School District elections (2015)
- School Board Elections portal
- Madison Metropolitan School District
- City of Madison, Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
- Wisconsin Association of School Boards
- Madison Teachers Inc.
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Wisconsin Information System for Education," accessed February 4, 2014
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "High school completion rates," accessed February 4, 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
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- The Daily Page, "Jennifer Cheatham takes charge of Madison schools," October 3, 2013
- Wisconsin State Journal, "Madison school superintendent Jennifer Cheatham offered $235K salary," February 22, 2013
- Madison Metropolitan School District, "Organization," accessed February 5, 2014
- Madison Metropolitan School District, "Regular Meetings," accessed August 27, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Madison Metropolitan School District, "Public Appearances," August 26, 2013
- Madison Metropolitan School District, "Proposed Expenditure by Fund," accessed December 16, 2014
- Madison Teachers Inc., "Collective Bargaining Agreement 2013-2014," accessed February 4, 2014
- Madison Teachers Inc., "Teachers and Professional Staff," accessed February 4, 2014
- Madison Metropolitan School District, "School Start and Dismissal Times," accessed February 4, 2014
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed February 5, 2014
- NBC 15, "Superintendents send letter to lawmakers over budget concerns," February 18, 2015
- WKOW, "$41M referendum question up for vote in Madison Metropolitan School District," December 16, 2014
- Madison Metropolitan School District, "Referendum on School Facilities," accessed January 19, 2015
- Channel3000.com, "Madison teachers' union leader: Act 10 ruling ‘morally bankrupt,’" July 31, 2014
- The Cap Times, "Madison school district, teachers union say labor contracts still valid after Act 10 ruling," August 1, 2014
- The Badger Herald, "Madison School District faces collective bargaining lawsuit," September 15, 2014
- The Cap Times, "Madison school officials, MTI say claims regarding union dues, teachers' rights don't belong in Act 10 lawsuit," October 9, 2014
- Madison.com, "Parents ask what's the rush on Madison schools' $31 million tech plan," January 22, 2014
- NBC15.com, "UPDATED: MMSD Board pre-approves budget items/technology plan," May 19, 2014
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