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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

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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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Three school board seats are up for a election this spring, and several candidates of color are running, in part to try to make the board more reflective of the community. Read more

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Source: Wis. Dept. of Public Instruction

The Madison Metropolitan School District has been touting an increase in high school graduation rates for minority students. But are these students graduating with basic academic skills? Read more

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Jenny Peek

Sherman Middle School ended last year in turmoil, with the resignation of its principal and accusations of racism. An interim principal is trying to heal the wounds, but mistrust and skepticism remain. Read more

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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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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? Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

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