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Madison's high-poverty schools could be serving free meals to all their students by fall 2014

Sherman Middle School counselor Bert Zipperer spends most lunch periods eating with the kids in the school cafeteria. As such, the 27-year-veteran of the Madison Metropolitan School District is familiar with the struggles of Madison's low-income students. >More
 A new UW-Madison center helps veterans access funding and adjust to campus life

College students with military ties face numerous challenges. They must make the adjustment from active duty to campus life and try to navigate all the complexities of an updated GI Bill, which provides benefits to eligible veterans like assistance with tuition and living expenses. But now student veterans at UW-Madison have a new ally in the Veteran Services and Military Assistance Center, which opened May 15. >More
 A new sustainability certificate will use the UW-Madison campus as a laboratory

For Cathy Middlecamp, placing academic disciplines in the context of sustainability comes naturally. Two years ago, Middlecamp decided to focus her introductory environmental studies course on issues specific to UW-Madison, using the campus as a living textbook to teach about energy use, food sources and waste management. >More
 UW-Madison students seek control over how their fees are spent

Everyone knows about the problem of rising tuition. Now, a new battle is shaping up at the University of Wisconsin-Madison over associated fees. The conflict is being waged on two fronts. Associated Students of Madison, the student government, is concerned about how dollars generated by fees are distributed and by whom. Is it ultimately their job or the chancellor's? >More
 Discovery Outreach wants to demystify research for kids and adults

Imagine posing a choice of activities to a class of seventh-graders as a reward for getting to class on time: Would you rather go bowling, watch a movie or do some science? Nineteen students from Cherokee Middle School voted overwhelmingly for a science field trip, says Travis Tangen, education and outreach manager at Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Discovery Outreach. >More
 A Dane County couple round up used educational materials for Third World countries

What began as a simple husband-and-wife operation out of a McFarland basement now often fills a 7,500-square-foot Middleton warehouse to capacity. Originally conceived to prevent used textbooks from going to the landfill, Books for the World now ships educational materials to Third World countries for use in their own schools. >More
 Colleges shift to part-time contract instructors

Peter Nelson worked in information technology for 20 years before leaving the business world to pursue what he calls his "truest love" -- teaching. He has now taught mathematics at Madison College for 13 years and considers it his career. Yet Nelson remains a part-time faculty member, or adjunct. He has applied three times for a full-time position, which would also give him access to benefits, but has not made the final cut. >More
 Bailey Corcoran got nabbed under Madison's old zero-tolerance policy

When Bailey Corcoran entered La Follette High School in the fall of 2011, her big sister was a senior and she hung out with the same friends she'd had since kindergarten. She was excited about the football games and proms in her future and was looking forward to playing volleyball. But then she was caught on school grounds drinking from a soda bottle spiked with alcohol and passing it to another student. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: Zero tolerance in Madison schools

Isthmus news editor Judith Davidoff reported on how the expulsion recommendation was rejected and the fallout for the student's family in the April 4 issue, and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the April 3 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Expelled East High freshman returns to school as family's focus turns to daughter's education, legal fees

After a nearly six week-hiatus, Maia returned to East High School Tuesday. The Madison School Board voted in closed session Monday to reject Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham's recommendation that the freshman honors student be expelled through the 2014-15 school year for an alcohol-related incident. The board also voted later that night to adopt a new set of behavioral guidelines for the school district, a shift away from the "zero tolerance" policies that set Maia up for expulsion. >More
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