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

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Sonia Spencer

Every year in the Madison school district, well over 1,000 students experience homelessness. Food for Thought Initiative runs food pantries in three Madison schools and a meal service for hungry families. It’s now raising money to expand. 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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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

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“Young at Art” is an exciting exhibit of more than 170 original artworks from K-12 public school students. It’s at MMoCA through April 23. more

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

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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

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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

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Nick Nice

When Madison built Lapham Elementary School in 1939, it took care to create a nurturing space for art classes. But this year, the school is shuffling most art classes into the basement, as it tries to deal with growing class sizes. more

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The school board Aug. 15 declined to vote on a proposed referendum authorizing Madison schools to exceed state-imposed revenue caps. It meets again on Aug. 29 — this will be the board’s last opportunity to get a referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot. more

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Lauren Justice

A Madison schools’ program has helped dozens of pregnant and teenage moms become better parents, while staying in high school. But when a state grant runs out after next year, the program may have to be scaled back. more

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Jenny Peek

Summer means freedom, but also challenges for families trying to find structured learning opportunities for kids. A new partnership hopes to connect families with available programs. more

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