For the Record: Dane County sheriff on ICE information sharing policies; MMSD superintendent on staff shortages

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FTR: Madison schools superintendent on crisis in staffing

Across the nation, schools are in crisis amid a shortage of teachers not seen in decades. The U.S. Department of Education earlier this summer said there were 280,000 teacher vacancies nationwide. In Madison, that storyline is similar: The Madison Metropolitan School District had nearly 600 vacancies at the beginning of the summer, and has started the school year with still more than 100 openings.

Superintendent Dr. Carlton Jenkins, beginning his third year as the district’s top official, joined For the Record for a lengthy discussion on the topic. In his time in education, he said, it’s never been this bad.

“We have to do many things, everyone–our whole society–to begin to invest again back into education,” he said.

Many teachers point to wages as part of the problem: teachers historically are paid little, and in the Madison district this summer, the board only voted to approve two-thirds of the 4.7% wage increase the Madison Teachers, Inc. union asked for, even as other districts around the state including Milwaukee approving higher wage increases.

Dr. Jenkins, however, pushed back on that being the only solution: exit surveys nationwide, he said, pointed to the stress, politicization, and attacks on teachers as being larger parts of the problem.

Watch the segment above for the full discussion.

FTR: New report finds Dane County received most funding of any Wisconsin county for sharing information with ICE

A recent report from ACLU Wisconsin, which examined policies at sheriffs offices around Wisconsin for interacting with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, found Dane County had received the most federal reimbursement funding of any Wisconsin county between 2016 and 2020 for sharing information about undocumented people with ICE.

The Department of Corrections received the most of any entity in the state; Dane County received the most of any county — more than $600,000 for the period measured. Dane, however, is also one of five counties in Wisconsin that does not honor the 48-hour hold time that ICE requests of sheriffs offices when issuing a detainer for an inmate.

In an interview with Naomi Kowles on For the Record, Dane County Sheriff Kalvin Barrett backed the county’s acceptance of the funds, which some sheriff’s office in the state and around the country have rejected. The data on undocumented immigrants, he said, was historical and not shared for the purposes of ‘active enforcement’ — often coming between 6 and 12 months after an inmate was first booked into the jail.

“I believe the sheriff’s top priority is public safety,” he said of the DCSO’s priorities when working with undocumented immigrants. He also noted in the interview that his office is working on new policies that would improve the experiences and protected the status of undocumented immigrants who either report crimes to police, or work with police to solve investigations.

The report also found that ICE issued detainers for nearly as many immigrants in Dane County as in Milwaukee County for that time period, despite Milwaukee County having a much larger immigrant population.

Read the report here, and watch the full interview with Sheriff Barrett above.