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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
 Madison school board returns freshman honors student to East High, rejects superintendent’s expulsion recommendation

A ninth-grade honors student will return to East High School Tuesday after the Madison school board rejected Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham's recommendation to expel her through the 2014-15 school year. Melissa Meyer, Maia's mother, says her daughter will still have the expulsion on her record, but she will be able to return to school with "time served." >More
 Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham advises Madison school board to use discretion for students facing expulsion

Three days after Isthmus first reported that an honors student named Maia is facing expulsion from East High for a onetime alcohol violation, Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham is now telling the Madison school board it should "adjust [its] process for expulsions." On Friday, Cheatham sent a memo to board members recommending that they not enforce the current code of conduct for students with respect to expulsions for the remainder of this year. >More
 'Zero tolerance run amok': Madison honors student expelled, family fights back

On March 14, three top Madison school officials spent most of their day trying to convince an independent hearing examiner to expel a 14-year-old honors student from East High School. Joseph Hill, expulsion and truancy coordinator for the district, argued the case along with his expert witnesses, Mary Kelley, principal of East High, and Mikki Smith, assistant principal. A court reporter, hired for the occasion, recorded the proceedings. >More
 Isthmus Montessori Academy proposes Madison charter school to focus on achievement gap

Melissa Droessler tries not to flinch when she tells people her dream of opening a charter school in Madison. "Even the word 'charter' in Madison can be emotionally charged," she says. But Droessler, director of Isthmus Montessori Academy, is steadfast in her belief that a century-old pedagogy created in the slums of Rome could help tackle Madison schools' thorniest problems. >More
 Marj Passman moves on from the Madison school board

Marj Passman was involved in the Madison School district for a total of 45 years as a teacher, parent and two-term school board member. Now that she is stepping down from the board, she says she regrets "not being able to be the voice of the teacher." She hopes one of the candidates running for the open seat " Wayne Strong or Michael Flores " picks up that mantle. >More
 Madison school board candidates Wayne Strong and Michael Flores propose achievement gap solutions

Wayne Strong and Michael Flores, candidates vying for Seat 6 on the Madison Metropolitan School Board, are both men of color, drawing on life experiences to wage campaigns that highlight educational disparities between white students and students of color. >More
 Madison College and the Literacy Network team up to help a wide range of students with ESL

They are Syrian immigrants and Bhutanese refugees. Spouses of visiting professors from Pakistan and au pairs from Ecuador. Studious mothers of 12 from Somalia whose turn it is, finally, to attend class. Some, highly educated in their home country, arrive with advanced degrees. Others have never set foot inside a school and struggle to read and write in their native language. >More
 An achievement-gap solution: It's been there all along with Simpson Street Free Press

About a dozen children are spread out at tables in the Simpson Street Free Press newsroom. They chat while poring over reference books and old issues of National Geographic to research stories. They jot down notes on large yellow pads. >More
 The next civil rights fight: Scholar Gloria-Ladson Billings believes African American students deserve better

Gloria Ladson-Billings travels the world, speaking and teaching about racial disparities in education. A professor in curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her books -- including the bestseller The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children -- are considered part of the canon for teacher educators. >More
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