Madison Metropolitan School District

It has been a difficult year for the Madison school district. We asked school board candidates what would it take to change the narrative. Read more

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Carolyn Fath Ashby

Jefferson Middle School will finish the year with an interim principal after a semester marked by several violent incidents. A whistleblower is also being investigated for leaking student information and sending hundreds of anonymous emails. Read more

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Kori Feener

Nkaujnou Vang-Vue is the MMSD’s first Hmong American principal. She oversees a special Hmong-English bilingual program at Lake View elementary. Read more

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It’s that time of year again — Isthmus unloads on deserving targets with this year’s Cheap Shots. Read more

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The Madison school district is looking to revamp its literacy curriculum. But many parents and community members feel locked out of the process. Read more

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There are a whole lot of elementary-age children living in the Moorland-Rimrock neighborhood, but they are bussed to schools far from home. Read more

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Jenny Peek

The Madison school board is reconsidering a practice that led to the firing of an African American employee for explaining to a student why it is wrong to use a racial slur. Read more

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David Michael Miller

Adults should encourage kids to stand against injustice. But the style that many Madison equity activists have adopted is causing more injustice than it’s preventing. Read more

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David Michael Miller

Three former Madison alders have filed a complaint against school board president Gloria Reyes, charging that she should have recused herself from the vote on school resource officers. Read more

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David Michael Miller

The new three-year contract was amended to allow the district to drop an officer in one school after the 2019-2020 school year. It also calls for quarterly reviews of arrests and citations. Read more

Citizen Dave 2 Comments

Many students in Madison lag behind their peers around the country in reading skills. Behind the scenes a pedagogical debate rages over how kids should be taught to read. Read more

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A lot people in Madison are wondering what the hell is happening in our schools. Even Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham has called it a “trying year.” Isthmus talked to nearly 30 teachers to find out what’s happening behind the scenes. Read more

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In announcing her resignation, Jen Cheatham struck a valedictory note. So did her supporters. No one mentioned a divided district or demoralized staff. Read more

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Dylan Brogan

The Madison school board will announce an interim superintendent by the end of May. Cheatham will leave her post on August 30. Read more

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Narayan Mahon

Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham is expected to announce her resignation at a May 8 news conference. Read more

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A small but vocal minority wants to remove police officers from Madison high schools. Read more

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Carolyn Fath Ashby

A family rushed to Leopold Elementary on March 15 believing their fifth grader had been struck by the principal. They threatened to beat the principal’s “white ass,” but video surveillance showed the student fabricated the incident. Read more

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Victoria Davis

With the election of three new members, Madison’s school board is now made up of all women and is more diverse. Read more

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Haidee Chu

Madison high school students shared stories about how they fear the world is changing in protest for action on climate change at the Capitol. Read more


Six candidates believe they have the experience and vision to help Madison schools grapple with racism, behavioral issues, the achievement gap and move. Isthmus talked to the candidates to find out why they’re running and what they want to achieve. Read more

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