Green candidate wins School Board primary running against charters in Madison, WI
The race to fill Maya Cole’s seat on the Madison School Board has been narrowed to two.
Sarah Manski and T.J. Mertz advanced to the April 2 election after defeating Ananda Mirilli in the district’s first School Board primary in six years.
Manski, a Green Party political activist who runs a website that encourages people to buy local, said Tuesday’s result showed Madisonians do not support the direction the state is headed on education.
"Voters sent a message to (Gov.) Scott Walker and the Republicans that we support strong, fully integrated public schools and we’re not going to tolerate public money being spent on private schools," she said.
Mertz, an Edgewood College history instructor and local education blogger, was one of the more vocal opponents of Madison Prep and, like Manski, criticized the influence of the private sector in public schools. Mertz said he’s attended more than 200 School Board meetings and accused Manski of having
Excellent. I like two candidates competing on which is strongest against charters.