As we’ve noted before, we think the Madison School Board could not have done better than Jane Belmore for the interim superintendent’s job. She’s as qualified as they come and she knows this district well. But that doesn’t make the challenges ahead of her and this district any less daunting.

Belmore told our editorial board last week one of her first priorities was to prioritize the existing list of priorities. We get it. And obviously student achievement is priority number one. But a new district employee handbook to replaces decades of negotiated contracts - which the Governor did away with, and a new teacher evaluation system that uses student performance as a measurement – look at what’s happening in Chicago – will test Belmore, the school board and teachers in ways that will effect everyone in the Madison schools and beyond. We need everybody’s best efforts right now, to protect public education and help our kids succeed. Education has to come before politics and Belmore has to lead and be allowed to lead.