Dane County Board Supervisor
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Andy Olsen – former
Kyle Richmond – former
Michele Ritt (also MMSD teacher)
Joe Clausius – former
Batch Samba Baldeh
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Nicki Vander Meulen
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Susan Cee Cee Cohen
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Amy W Noble
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Michael Martinez Johnson
John Matthews former Head of MTI
Dr John Odom
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Proudly endorsed by the members of AFSCME WISCONSIN COUNCIL 32
Proudly endorsed by United Faculty & Academic Staff
Proudly endorsed by Network for Public Education Action
The Network for Public Education Action is pleased to announce our endorsement of TJ Mertz for a third term on the Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education.
TJ has dedicated his life to understanding and improving public education. He has taught history and education at the college level, and prior to his board service he was a Board Member of Wisconsin Alliance for Excellent Schools, and a Co-Chair of Community and Schools Together.
In 2018 TJ filed an open records request related to the authorization of two new Madison, Wisconsin charter schools, demonstrating his seriousness regarding transparency and accountability for the charter sector.
He also demonstrated his commitment to pushing back against using standardized testing data to evaluate teachers by blocking the use of a hiring and screening tool based on student test scores.
TJ’s family worked to integrate the schools in his childhood hometown of Evanston, Illinois, and his experiences in those integrated schools taught him that schools can transform lives and communities.
“Our children need rich cultural experiences, emotional well-being, and a sense of community. We want to prepare students for success in the world as it is and give them the tools to improve that world.”
TJ’s election is April 2nd. Please get out to the polls to support this knowledgeable, dedicated servant of our public schools.
This college instructor with two sons successfully pushed the district to start middle school an hour later, at 8:40 a.m. Piles of research show teens naturally stay up later at night and need more sleep in the morning to help them pay attention and learn. Mertz also is a strong proponent of transparency, so parents and taxpayers know what the district is doing and spending. He’s more supportive of an officer in each high school than his opponent, Ananda Mirilli, who said she’d vote against a contract to keep the cops. Mertz floats an intriguing compromise with the city: Let school officials temporarily remove an officer after a controversial incident, without the authority to dismiss an assigned cop. Mirilli, a single mom born in Brazil, has worked for the state Department of Public Instruction. She is eager to serve and makes some good points, especially when advocating for students of color. But Mertz, with six years on the board and a strong interest in data to measure results, deserves re-election.