In a room filled with rough drywall and lives that took left turns when most would have gone right, four energetic school board candidates and students who said they feel failed by Madisons schools gathered on Wednesday night for a forum featuring Madison school board candidates.
Participants in Operation Fresh Start, a program that helps Dane County youth get back on a path to success, hosted Wednesday's forum at the program office.
At the front were three newcomers: Mary Burke and Michael Flores are vying for the Board of Education seat being vacated by Lucy Mathiak. Then, theres Nichelle Nichols, who is challenging incumbent board member Arlene Silveira, who is working to show she hasnt always sided with the superintendent.
Some attendees asked the candidates pointed questions: "Do you support the current superintendent?" was one question.
"What do you think the district has to do for students over 18 who dont have their degrees?" was another.