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James Howard and TJ Mertz will face achievement gap and budget challenges on new Madison school board

Madison's newly elected school board members have their work cut out for them in what promises to be a year of change for the district. Not only is the board set to work with new superintendent Jennifer Cheatham, who started on April 1, it is also tasked with pushing through a plan to close the district's glaring achievement gap. >More
 Tony Evers easily wins Wisconsin superintendent race, now faces battle with Gov. Walker

For state superintendent Tony Evers, reelection was the easy part. He handily beat his opponent, staunch conservative Rep. Don Pridemore (R-Town of Erin), with over 60% of the vote Tuesday. >More
 Madison's racial divide: The school board race exposes an ugly problem

Reaction was swift and angry. "Enough is enough of this. Hypocrisy is alive and thriving in Madison!" read a Facebook post from United Migrant Opportunity Services board chair Juan Jose Lopez. "It was all part of a plan to silence Ananda Mirilli," wrote radio host and former Urban League board member Derrell Connor in a blog post entitled "Madison liberals hurting communities of color." >More
 Stark differences between Wisconsin state superintendent candidates Tony Evers and Don Pridemore

It's hard to find common ground between the candidates running for state superintendent. Incumbent Tony Evers and Rep. Don Pridemore (R-Hartford) both say they're dedicated to improving education for kids in Wisconsin, but the similarities end there, giving voters a stark choice on April 2. >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
 New FCC rules could mean even less local radio in Madison

Media experts, lawmakers and watchdog groups across the country are waiting. In the coming weeks, maybe even just days, the Federal Communications Commission will decide whether to relax its cross-ownership rules for radio, television and newspapers. The rules currently limit the number of television and radio stations one company can own in a given media market. And in the nation's biggest markets, owning both a newspaper and television station in the same city is banned. >More
 'I loved him so much': Why one woman stayed with her abusive husband

It's not the three decades of abuse she suffered at the hands of her late first husband that still haunts 79-year-old Bea Christensen. What pains her now, so many years later, is what happened to her children. "The part that makes me feel bad is not my getting hit, but their getting hit," she says tearfully. "It makes me remember when they were little and they had their little white Jockey pants, and they had been spanked so hard on the bottom that his hand print was visible in -- the bruises. And I was too afraid to walk away." >More
 New Domestic Abuse Intervention Service women's shelter to be in public setting

It's hard to imagine a more high-profile location for the new Domestic Abuse Intervention Services shelter than the former Sears Home Central Service building, across from Webcrafters on Fordem Avenue. Shannon Barry, executive director of the group, say that's exactly why the site was chosen. It's on a bus line, and it's central to other resources clients often use, like the Job Center, Access Community Health and the Rainbow Project. But most importantly, Barry says, a highly secure public location is actually safer. >More
 Soglin to explore Wallace Foundation funding for after-school programs

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin will be meeting Thursday with the Wallace Foundation in New York City to talk about after-school and summer recreation programs. The foundation bills itself as a "national philanthropy that seeks to improve education and enrichment for disadvantaged children." Soglin was inspired to connect with the group at National League of Cities conference in Boston in early December. >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
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