For the first time in Madison’s history, the seven seats on the Madison Metropolitan School Board are held entirely by women. Now, what else will change?Image By: Téalin Robinson and Courtesy of Ananda for School Board, The Committee to Elect Cris Carusi for School Board, and Ali Muldrow for School Board
New voices: how the new school board could transform Madison education
When the seven members of the Madison Metropolitan School Board gather to discuss their plans for the future after the April 2 election, there will be one noticeable change — everyone seated at the table will be a woman.
This is the first time in Madison history the city will be represented by an all-female board, following the election which voted in Ali Muldrow, Ananda Mirilli and Cris Carusi.
Muldrow and Mirilli, who are both women of color, join Gloria Reyes to make this board closer to being racially representative of the Madison School District, which was made up of 58 percent students of color in the 2018-19 school year.
Before the election of Muldrow and Mirilli, Reyes was the only person of color holding a seat. She was also the first Latinx woman on the board, and the first woman of color since Mary Wilburn in 1975.
But will a school board made up of all women and several women of color lead to changes in school board policy?
Chair of the UW-Madison Department of Gender and Women's Studies Aili Mari Tripp thinks it may.
“It is very likely that some things will change, especially given the positions taken by existing board members,” Tripp said.