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The life of a UW-Madison teaching assistant

Rachel Gross emerges from a classroom to face the crush of students charging through the corridors. The labyrinthine hallways and riot-proof walls make the UW Humanities Building feel like a medieval fortress under siege during class change. Gross has just a few minutes to herself before her next skirmish -- with a room of 13 undergraduates. >More
 Madison explores ways to improve arts education

For a city its size, Madison has a thriving arts community. And all artists start out as students in the schools. But it doesn't take an Einstein (or a Yo-Yo Ma) to note that a student in the Allied Drive neighborhood doesn't have the same exposure to the arts as a Shorewood kid. Now, amid a growing consensus that the arts are a critical element of educational success, Madison has become a demonstration city for boosting access to arts education for all students. >More
 Schools expert Diane Ravitch warns Wisconsin off Common Core standards

Don't expect Diane Ravitch to pull any punches when she takes the podium Nov. 14 at the Orpheum Theater. The former assistant secretary of education is on a mission to expose the threat she says privatization poses to our nation's public schools. >More
 UW-Madison explores a broader definition of campus diversity

"Diversity" as an institutional mandate has meant a number of things at UW-Madison since it was first pursued in 1987. Among other initiatives, it sparked hiring and recruitment initiatives to bring more women and minority students, faculty, administrators and staff to campus, and the creation of an ethnic studies requirement for undergraduates. >More
 Jennifer Cheatham takes charge of Madison schools

Jennifer Cheatham doesn't have the countenance of someone who has stepped into a maelstrom. Madison schools superintendent since April, Cheatham, 41, has already visited every school in the district and rolled out a "Strategic Framework" to tackle some of the district's thorniest issues, including the achievement gap. >More
 Madison Teachers Inc. going strong despite Act 10

In February 2011, Gov. Scott Walker "dropped the bomb" that was meant to cripple Wisconsin's public-sector unions. Act 10, which eliminated collective bargaining rights for most public worker unions, has taken a toll on Wisconsin's labor movement, but Madison Teachers Incorporated might be the exception. The scrappy union has managed to survive and, according to some, thrive in the post-Act 10 era. >More
 Madison's new schools superintendent Jennifer Cheatham gets input from parents at first listening session

Jennifer Cheatham, the new superintendent of Madison's schools, held her first listening session with parents at East High School on Thursday night. She was late. A school official told the crowd of about 75 people that Cheatham was coming from a meeting to review the budget, and was a bit behind schedule. >More
 James Howard and TJ Mertz will face achievement gap and budget challenges on new Madison school board

Madison's newly elected school board members have their work cut out for them in what promises to be a year of change for the district. Not only is the board set to work with new superintendent Jennifer Cheatham, who started on April 1, it is also tasked with pushing through a plan to close the district's glaring achievement gap. >More
 What some UW-Madison faculty hope to see in their new chancellor Rebecca Blank

Pending approval from the UW System Board of Regents, Rebecca Blank will become the next chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As always, expectations of the university's new leader are high. Conversations with faculty members on campus turned up two broad efforts they'd like to see the new chancellor adopt as priorities. >More
 Madison's racial divide: The school board race exposes an ugly problem

Reaction was swift and angry. "Enough is enough of this. Hypocrisy is alive and thriving in Madison!" read a Facebook post from United Migrant Opportunity Services board chair Juan Jose Lopez. "It was all part of a plan to silence Ananda Mirilli," wrote radio host and former Urban League board member Derrell Connor in a blog post entitled "Madison liberals hurting communities of color." >More
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