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Jenny Peek

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Jenny Peek is a tried-and-true Madisonian. Born and raised on the east side, she went from Purgolder to Badger to pursue her passion for writing. Since graduating from UW-Madison's School of Journalism, Jenny has worked as a freelance writer, covering a variety of topics from animal research to political races to infectious diseases. She loves becoming an expert on a topic in order to tell an interesting and important story to her readers. If you have a lead, let her know!

Twitter: @JennyPeek88

Website: jennypeek.com

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Madison Metropolitan School District

The Madison school district is doing something new this year for students in kindergarten through seventh grade: adding enrichment classes to the summer school curriculum. more

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Bianca Lynn Breeze draws the crowds to The Wise’s Drag Queen Bingo. more

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Two Madison school board seats are up for election, but only one of them is being contested. Incumbent Anna Moffit will be challenged by Gloria Reyes, who is currently a deputy mayor with the city. Mary Burke is running unopposed. more

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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

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James Heimer

Research has shown that students of color do much better when some of their teachers look like them. But only 13 percent of Madison’s teachers are of color, while 57 percent of its students are. What is the district doing to improve the ratio? more

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Mary Langenfeld

Melissa Terrill co-founded Forever in Our Hearts Remembrance Day to create an outlet for parents dealing with the loss of children through pregnancy, stillbirth or in early infancy. “This can be a very lonely type of loss.” more

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Vanessa McDowell, the first woman of color to lead the Madison YWCA, wants the organization to be more forceful in fighting racism and poverty. “My vision is that we get rid of that tale of two cities.” more

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Todd Hubler

In May, the Madison school district notified teachers they were getting raises for summer teaching. But many teachers didn’t realize that summer hours had been reduced from six to five hours a day — meaning, take home pay stayed about the same. more

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On a smartphone, patients can chat with online support groups, access meditation tools and articles about addiction, message counselors, locate nearby meetings for Narcotics and Alcoholics Anonymous, and track their recovery. more

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Laura Zastrow

While it may look like an ordinary gym class, this group of kindergarteners is learning to understand and regulate their emotions through mindful movement. more

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Sustainable Seafood Week features $10 fish dishes at more than 25 restaurants. It’s the work of the Madison Area Chefs Network, Sea to Table, Sitka Salmon Shares and the James Beard Foundation. more

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Sarah Maughan

Principal Mike Hernandez is on a mission to make East High School a vital part of the community. In two years, he and his staff have brought community services into East, in hopes of engaging even the most vulnerable families. more

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Carolyn Fath

Yum Yum Fest will be in larger digs at Breese Stevens for its August event. A major goal is to donate more proceeds to area food charities. more

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Jenny Peek

Thousands of people marched in Madison on Saturday as part of a nationwide call to defend and promote science-based policies and solutions. But they also urged empathy and dialogue over dogma. more

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Sarah Maughan

There are an estimated 467 million Arabic speakers in the world. With the help of Mahmoud Hegazy, some students at East High are joining them. more

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Six candidates are running to fill two seats on the Madison school board. more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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    “I’m here to make people feel welcome and open their minds a little bit.” —Bianca Lynn Breeze (aka Brandon Rounds).

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    Madison's March for Science began at James Madison Park and moved to Library Mall.

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    Joe Lalli, League of Women Voters volunteer election observer, and Ginger Murray, attorney and volunteer election observer, at Madison College on Commercial Avenue.

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    Voters fill out their ballots at East High School. A judge ordered East High to stay open an extra hour, after voting was disrupted there early in the morning by a fire alarm.

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