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Wisconsin Republicans expected to push private-school vouchers, charter-school expansion in 2013 session

Gov. Scott Walker's second most controversial move, after ending collective bargaining rights for public employees, was a package of school-choice proposals and budget cuts that aim to remake public education in the state. In the upcoming legislative session, which opens Jan. 7, many of the ideas that generated packed hearing rooms, hours of tearful testimony and, ultimately, a divided Republican caucus are coming back. >More
 Madison College officials are wary of Gov. Walker's plan to tie school funding to jobs

Randy Redetzke admits he has a dream job. As art director for Human Head Studios in Madison, he develops the characters and environments for videogames like Prey and Prey 2 for the Xbox, working with concept artists to guide the overall vision. His career in videogame animation began more than a decade ago at Madison College. >More
 Virtual Learning 2.0: How will UW-Madison respond to online education?

What if August came and there were no piles of old couches on downtown terraces? What if there were no crowds of wide-eyed freshmen tramping down State Street? What if autumn came to Madison not with the rush of confusion and excitement of 6,000 18-year-olds out on their own for the first time but with the yawn of an extended summer? What if autumn in Madison came silently? >More
 The search for a new Madison schools superintendent: Can anyone meet our expectations?

Everyone in Madison seems to have an opinion about who the next superintendent of the school district should be. Suzanne Swift, president of the Franklin Randall Elementary School PTO, wants a superintendent who can motivate a "demoralized staff," develop relationships and advocate for the district at the state and national levels. >More
 Troubled kids find confidence and connections in Forward Learning wilderness program

When Jessie Kushner and Troy Gosz are not trekking the Wisconsin wilderness or leading at-risk youth through the wilds of northern Minnesota, they take leisurely morning walks through Elmside Circle Park neighborhood with their beloved border collie Fly. The scene among neighbors here is like one ongoing family reunion. In the mix, Kushner and Gosz are the cool childless couple with the irresistible dog. >More
 Announcement of new UW online program creates confusion and, possibly, new opportunities

When Gov. Scott Walker on Monday announced plans for a new online education program at the University of Wisconsin System, it was news not just to the public, but to most UW staff and many high-level administrators. Several UW administrators confessed to Isthmus that they didn't know the details of the plan and referred a reporter to other administrators. >More
 Tax hike among options to address $12.4 million Madison school budget gap

Marj Passman carries around a $2 bill from Singapore, one side of which depicts a teacher instructing a classroom of children. For her, the note is a salient reminder of America's diminishing commitment to public education. "If Singapore can put a classroom of students on its money, and we can't even put our money into children, what kind of country are we?" asks Passman, Madison school board vice president. "It's going to be a horrible budget this year." >More
 Achievement gap dominated Madison school board races that netted wins for Arlene Silveira, Mary Burke

The achievement gap seemed to be the singular issue of the Madison school board races and some say it will be the greatest test for the board when newly elected Mary Burke takes her seat and Arlene Silveira returns after winning a third term. >More
 Faces of the achievement gap in Madison: The stories behind the statistics

In 2010, just five black and 13 Hispanic graduating seniors in the Madison Metropolitan School District were ready for college, according to data from the district and Urban League of Greater Madison. These statistics should make your heart race. If they don't, and you're white, you may be suffering from what anti-racism educator Tim Wise calls "the pathology of white privilege." If you do get it and don't take action, that is almost worse. >More
 Madison schools achievement gap plan will progress without Nerad

When schools superintendent Dan Nerad announced Monday that he plans to resign in 2013 when his contract runs out, one question rose to the top of the heap: What will this mean for his recently announced proposal to address the minority achievement gap? >More
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