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Term limits for the Madison city council?

At next Tuesday's city council meeting -- the last before he retires from office -- Ald. Brian Benford will finally introduce a long-promised ordinance imposing term limits. >More
 Passman and Cole discuss poverty in Madison schools

The number of low-income kids coming into the Madison schools has accelerated in recent years, posing a new set of challenges for educators. We've asked the Madison school board candidates to talk about those challenges, including the apparent loss of some middle-class families who've left Madison for suburban schools. >More
 The key to good schools? Housing policy

Jason Shepard's story this week, "How Can We Help Poor Students Achieve More?," points out the strong correlation between schools with high levels of low-income students and substandard academic performance. As Shepard reports, that same point was made about the Madison schools by urban researcher David Rusk in 2001. >More
 Balance of power could shift with school board election

On April 3, voters will elect three members to the Madison Board of Education. At least two will be newcomers, replacing retiring Ruth Robarts and Shwaw Vang, while board president Johnny Winston Jr. is runing for a second term. >More
 How can we help poor students achieve more?

But curriculum changes alone haven't erased the correlation between achievement and income that persists in Madison schools. Districtwide, only 55% of low-income students scored 'proficient' or 'advanced' on the state's 2005 third-grade reading exam, compared to 91% for non-low-income students. >More
 Getting the community involved

'It's the only truly preventative program that I know of that is the alternative to the courts,' she says. 'This is what everyone has hoped for. At the first sign of trouble, the kids are getting referred to helpers who will hopefully keep them away from going down that wrong path.' >More
 Curt Brink vs. Mark Clear for District 19

Lodged among the booming centers of Middleton, Hilldale, University Research Park, and West Towne, District 19 is another west-side set of neighborhoods slowly transforming itself from early suburbia to city-proper. Represented for only two years by the retiring alder Noel Radomski, the district's seat on the council is being contested by two high-profile candidates: Curt Brink and Mark Clear. >More
 Winston and Brew discuss poverty in Madison schools

The number of low-income kids coming into the Madison schools has accelerated in recent years, posing a new set of challenges for educators. >More
 Thuy Pham-Remmele vs. Gary Poulson for District 20

District 20 is the quintessential westside transitional district, involving development issues at the University Research Park, to crime in Orchard Ridge south of the Beltline. The two candidates vying to replace retiring four-term Ald. Cindy Thomas are Thuy Pham-Remmele and Gary Poulson. >More
 Thomas and Moss discuss poverty in Madison schools

The number of low-income kids coming into the Madison schools has accelerated in recent years, posing a new set of challenges for educators. >More
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