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New Downtown Plan for Madison nearing completion

The city is putting the final touches on the new Downtown Plan, which could be officially unveiled in a month or two. >More
 Going to school on Madison schools partnered with UW-Madison Prof. Sue Robinson's graduate journalism class during the fall semester to report on some of the challenges facing the Madison Metropolitan School District. The following are the resulting stories, focusing on the entire district as well as on each level; elementary, middle schools and high schools. >More
 Paul Ryan shows up in Krugman's column

Conservatives loathe Paul Krugman, the liberal New York Times columnist and Nobel-winning economist. But surely for them, it must be a badge of honor to be criticized by Krugman in his twice-weekly column. >More
 Mayor is sold on the virtues of a Yahara River site for Madison rail station

Now that the cash has been officially awarded for a high-speed rail line from Milwaukee to Madison, residents pushing to have the station at the Yahara River by East Washington Avenue, instead of the airport, are hoping officials will see the wisdom of their argument. >More
 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
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