Dylan Brogan

Mount Horeb hosts one hell of an adult spelling bee that draws a big crowd. Staff writer Dylan Brogan has the blow-by-blow of this year’s competition. more

Feb 15, 2018 5:00 AM Snapshot

For years, Isthmus Montessori Academy has been unsuccessfully trying to get the Madison school district to give it public school status. But the progressive school found another route — through a program created by conservative Republicans. more

Feb 8, 2018 5:00 AM News


David Michael Miller

WEAC has lost more than half of its dues-paying members, and lost clout in its elections. But teachers still value its union and it is far from dead. more

Dec 14, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion

Madison school supt. Jennifer Cheatham ‏scolds Badger Rock officials for saying students w/ disabilities have created a “burdensome situation” at the charter school. more

Nov 2, 2017 5:03 AM News 3 Comments

The Boy Scouts of America announced Oct. 11 that it will allow girls to join for the first time in the organization’s more than 100-year history. Many are cheering the move as family-friendly, but it’s more complicated than that. more

Nov 2, 2017 5:00 AM News 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

Parisi is out, but Milwaukee businessman and Democrat Andy Gronik is pondering a challenge to Gov. Scott Walker. He has no experience, but he’s rich. So he must be qualified. more

Apr 26, 2017 5:00 AM Madland 3 Comments


David Michael Miller

The governor’s budget gives school districts a $200-per-student boost in funding, but there’s a catch. To get the money, district employees must pay 12 percent of their health insurance premiums. more

Mar 30, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion


David Michael Miller

There is a real and growing problem of student debt that has to be addressed in some way, and even converting a 5 percent tuition cut to means-tested programs won’t be nearly enough. Why not pay students to work for their tuition? more

Mar 14, 2017 8:25 AM Citizen Dave

Tony Evers is being challenged by three candidates for state superintendent of public instruction. Although the candidates share some goals, their solutions are vastly different. more

Feb 9, 2017 5:00 AM News 1 Comments


Isthmus Montessori Academy

Supporters of Isthmus Montessori Academy want to make it more inclusive by making it a part of the Madison school district. But they have failed to win over Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham. more

Jan 26, 2017 5:00 AM News


David Michael Miller

Wisconsin roads need help. So do our schools. But neither looks like it will get much help in the upcoming state budget. more

Jan 24, 2017 9:32 AM Citizen Dave

Substantial research shows that making middle and high school children get up early for school can damage their health and education. But it could cost Madison schools $2 million to delay middle school starting times. more

Dec 8, 2016 5:00 AM News 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

For progressives, the real challenge is to push back against a vision of society that says kids should only get as much health care, education and opportunity as their parents can afford. more

Dec 8, 2016 12:00 AM Opinion 1 Comments

The Madison school district is rolling out a new career-focused program designed to help close the achievement gap. But some parents are confused and concerned by Personalized Pathways. more

Nov 23, 2016 5:00 AM News


David Michael Miller

The Nov. 8 ballot includes a $26 million request from Madison schools, which officials say is needed to maintain operations. Without the money, they say deeper cuts are inevitable. more

Oct 27, 2016 5:00 AM News 1 Comments


Mary Langenfeld

Madison’s educational resource officers are cops who work in high schools. Viewed with suspicion by many, their role has been scrutinized. The four officers all came to police work in roundabout ways and are driven by a desire to help children. more

Oct 6, 2016 5:00 AM News


Andy Manis

One in seven adults in Dane County struggles with literacy. The Literacy Network of Dane County offers help and has moved into a new, larger space off of Park Street. more

Sep 22, 2016 5:00 AM News


David Michael Miller

Madison’s behavior education plan marked a shift in policy away from the district’s more punitive “zero-tolerance” approach. Its implementation has been rocky, and teachers have reported an uptick in bad behavior in the classroom. more

Sep 8, 2016 5:00 AM News 3 Comments

With shrinking state aid and strict levy limits, every school is feeling strapped for cash these days. Parents at Shabazz High School, a small, alternative school, have turned to Facebook in hopes of making up some of the difference. more

Sep 8, 2016 5:00 AM News 1 Comments

For 167 years, UW-Madison has been constantly growing and evolving. Much of this change has been by design, as planners craft a master plan for the future every 10 years. UW-Madison — and higher ed in general — could be in for radical changes. more

Sep 8, 2016 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 3 Comments