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EDUCATION

Madison school board candidates Greg Packnett and James Howard discuss superintendent Jennifer Cheatham, collective bargaining

This week, we ask the candidates about where they think incoming superintendent Jennifer Cheatham should direct her attention. We also ask about how they think the changes in collective bargaining wrought by Act 10 have affected the district, and how it should respond to this new policy. >More
 UW-Madison agrees to offer the free online courses known as MOOCs

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has taken the plunge into the brave new world of massively available, free online course offerings. The largest provider of open online college courses had been courting the university to join its network of free content providers since at least last summer. >More
 Madison school board candidate TJ Mertz discusses why he is running, the achievement gap

Five candidates are competing for three seats on the Madison school board, with the general election on April 2, 2013. The political context for the races is explosive, given Gov. Scott Walker's revolutionary proposals for education in Wisconsin: cuts to public school funding, an expansion of the voucher program, and a revamping of teachers' evaluations and bargaining rights. In Madison, the issues are particularly complex, with the intense disagreements over the district's achievement gap between white and minority students. >More
 Madison school board candidates James Howard and Greg Packnett discuss why they are running, the achievement gap

Five candidates are competing for three seats on the Madison school board, with the general election on April 2, 2013. The political context for the races is explosive, given Gov. Scott Walker's revolutionary proposals for education in Wisconsin: cuts to public school funding, an expansion of the voucher program, and a revamping of teachers' evaluations and bargaining rights. In Madison, the issues are particularly complex, with the intense disagreements over the district's achievement gap between white and minority students. >More
 Madison school board candidates Dean Loumos and Wayne Strong discuss why they are running, the achievement gap

Five candidates are competing for three seats on the Madison school board, with the general election on April 2, 2013. The political context for the races is explosive, given Gov. Scott Walker's revolutionary proposals for education in Wisconsin: cuts to public school funding, an expansion of the voucher program, and a revamping of teachers' evaluations and bargaining rights. In Madison, the issues are particularly complex, with the intense disagreements over the district's achievement gap between white and minority students. >More
 Sarah Manski drops out of Madison school board race

Not even 48 hours after winning her Madison school board primary race with over 45% of the vote, Sarah Manski has dropped out of the race. In a message to her supporters Thursday afternoon, Manski writes, "I regret to say that due to family and career needs, I sadly withdraw from the race for the Madison school board. Because I value honesty and transparency I am letting the public know about this development now. My name will remain on the ballot but I will not campaign in the coming weeks." >More
 Sarah Manski and TJ Mertz survive Madison school board primary, immediately come out swinging

Just hours after Tuesday's primary, Sarah Manski and TJ Mertz were already leveling accusations about experience and integrity in what is becoming the most contentious race for Madison school board this year. The two beat out Ananda Mirilli and will face off in the general election on April 2. >More
 Madison school board candidates focus on budget cuts, achievement gap, privatization in spring 2013 primary

Running for school board is cool again. Not only will all three seats in this spring's general election be contested, there will also be a primary election for the first time since 2007. TJ Mertz, Ananda Mirilli and Sarah Manski will compete in the Feb. 19 primary for the seat of retiring board member Maya Cole. The three candidates argue that the Madison school board has never been more important. >More
 Walter Milton, Jr., Madison schools superintendent finalist, withdraws after quick pushback, Jennifer Cheatham remains

Only one superintendent finalist will be meeting the public at a forum Thursday at Monona Terrace at 5:45 p.m. Late Tuesday, the school board announced that Dr. Walter Milton, Jr., had withdrawn his name from consideration because the district "is not the right fit for him." Milton, who is currently superintendent of schools in Springfield, Illinois, spoke with Isthmusjust hours before the board's announcement and seemed enthusiastic about attending the forum, saying he would answer questions from the public and media "with an open heart." >More
 Madison school district superintendent finalists come with not insignificant baggage

After paying an Iowa-based headhunting firm $30,975 to develop a candidate profile and launch a three-month nationwide recruitment effort, and after screening 65 applications, the Madison school board has narrowed its superintendent search down to two finalists. Dr. Jennifer Cheatham is chief of instruction for Chicago Public Schools, and Dr. Walter Milton, Jr., is superintendent of Springfield Public Schools in Illinois. >More
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