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Wisconsin Department of Justice seeks intel on UW Innocence Project

The state Justice Department last week asked prosecutors throughout the state to give it a heads up about cases involving UW-affiliated groups known for their work in overturning wrongful convictions. >More
 Madison middle schools face budget crunch coupled with increasing populattion of low income students

Not only has the number of low-income families increased within middle schools, but total enrollment has as well. This jump could tax programs like special education even further. According to Peg Coyne, a special education teacher at Blackhawk Middle School, caseloads have increased over the last 10 years. In addition, some schools no longer offer family and consumer education or technology education classes. >More
 Madison schools superintendent Dan Nerad on challenges in his second year on the job

Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Dan Nerad recently crossed one more book off his reading list: Malcom Gladwell's "Outliers." It may have been a personal read, but Nerad still found ways to tie the book back to his profession: "Gladwell's book is very supportive of my belief that smart is something you become." >More
 Madison schools turning to alternative sources to cover budget shortfalls

From laptop grants to bake sales and personal cash, administrators, teachers, and the greater Madison community are all pitching in to help make up budget shortfalls and economic hardships at the city's public middle schools. >More
 Bullying a "big problem" in Madison schools

Set test scores aside for a minute, because elementary schools can frequently find themselves teaching appropriate behavior along with math and reading. Elementary school teachers, administrators and students all say that bullying is a problem. >More
 Madison's Thoreau Elementary gets creative in anti-bullying strategies

Despite budget cuts and limited resources, staff and parents at Thoreau Elementary School have come up with creative ways to combat bullying. But the effectiveness of their efforts is limited by inconsistencies in their implementation. >More
 College costs the top concern for Madison high school seniors

Recession shapes post-secondary decisions including where kids are headed to school and what they'll study. >More
 La Follette seniors identify economic concerns, strategies

Four Madison high school seniors are working toward the same goal: a college education. But in today's economy, the decision to attend college itself is burdened by financial risks. >More
 Madison's Transition Education Program gets homeless kids in school

Now in its 20th year, the nationally-recognized program faces new challenges, including unprecedented enrollment numbers, fewer donations from the community and a restructured staff. >More
 Edgewater backers, foes remain divided after downtown Madison neighborhood meeting

Both developer Bob Dunn and opponents appeared increasingly exasperated Thursday night as they clashed once more over adjusted plans for the controversial Edgewater Hotel. >More
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