The Board of Education received a proposal to consider renaming Falk Elementary School for Milele Chikasa Anana.

"Anana served as the editor and publisher of UMOJA Magazine, which celebrated the accomplishments and joys of African Americans in Madison, for nearly three decades. She was known to many as 'Ms. Milele' or 'Mother Milele,' and is remembered as a 'champion of positive Black news' and a 'fierce lover of Black people' by those who knew her." Read more from the Cap Times.

Process and timeline

Per School Board Policy (6700), the public will have a minimum 30-day window to comment on the recommendation and submit additional proposals. 

Submit your comment on the current proposal

You can submit your comment below or in person at an upcoming board meeting.

If you have another name you wish to be considered

Per school board policy, during this phase the public can propose alternative names to be considered. If you wish to do so, you must answer the following questions and include any written documentation by Sept. 30, 2020 to board@madison.k12.wi.us:

  1. What individuals/groups are proposing the name? What is the proposed name?

  2. Madison Metropolitan School District schools may be named after a prominent national or local figure who is deceased, a locally significant geographical site, a place of local significance, or an idea or concept which represents a broadly respected civic virtue. Into which of these categories does the proposed name fall?

  3. If the proposed name is a prominent local or national figure who is deceased, describe why this person is considered prominent. "Prominent" is defined as "widely and popularly known."

  4. If the proposed name is a prominent local or national figure who is deceased, what is the significance of the person specifically to the Madison Metropolitan School District that it should choose to name a school for this particular person over others of similar prominence?

  5. If the proposed name is a locally significant geographical site or a place of local significance, what is the significance to the Madison Metropolitan School District? For what reason would the Madison Metropolitan School District choose to name a building for this particular geographical site or place of local significance?

  6. If the proposed name is an idea or concept which is a broadly respected community value, what is the significance of this idea or concept to the Madison Metropolitan School District? For what reason would the Madison Metropolitan School District choose to name a building for this particular idea or concept?

Current Update:

The following has been completed: Appointment of a Citizens Naming Committee of 12 members, chosen from individuals recommended by fellow Board members (each member can recommend up to five names).

  • Designated a chairperson of the committee.

  • Established a date by which the work of the committee will be completed.

  • Completed the first meeting

Members of the Citizens’ Naming Committee

Verona Morgan, Erica Lee, Gloria Hawkins, Yvette Craig, Yolanda Shelton Morris (Chair), Gloria Ladson Billings, Vaunce Ashby, Theola Carter, Richard Scott, Cara Jenkins, Sarah B. Hall & Claire Siegrist

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