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Urban League helps recruit diverse staff for MMSD

Urban League helps recruit diverse staff for MMSD

Tuesday event draws 40 job seekers   

Diversity among staff has become a priority for the Madison Metropolitan School District to meet the needs of its diverse student body. The Urban League of Greater Madison hosted a recruitment event for Madison Metropolitan School District Tuesday to help fill open faculty positions and promote diversity within the district.

"We need you badly in our schools," Kaleem Caire -- president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison -- said to attendees.

The school district's Employment Manager June Glennon said the emphasis on diversity is an emphasis on better serving students.

MacKenzie environmental education program could be cut

MacKenzie environmental education program could be cut

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' decision to restructure funding could put the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center's school programs on hold.

The Poynette facility plays host to thousands of students every year.

DNR officials acknowledge the value of MacKenzie's school-based environmental education, but the state is questioning whether the current curriculum can survive without addressing cost concerns.

Hospital hosts teddy bear care event for grade schoolers

Hospital hosts teddy bear care event for grade schoolers

Experience helps kids feel more comfortable in medical setting    

St. Mary's Surgical Suites staff opened a teddy bear hospital at St. Mary's on Wednesday for Lincoln School students.

About 29 students brought stuffed animals, action figures and dolls to the teddy bear hospital for care. The toy companions were treated for a variety of injuries including broken arms and legs from falling off monkey bars, a pool stick in the eye and even a broken arm from falling off bunk bed. Following the event students left with comfort kits, coloring pages and a bookmark.

The teddy bear hospital is just one way that St. Mary's educates Lincoln School students about the types of treatments that happen at a hospital. It also helps make the hospital experience a less scary one in the future should a student or member of the student’s family require medical attention.

Madison school district names 2 superintendent finalists

Madison school district names 2 superintendent finalists

The Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education on Sunday named two finalists for superintendent.

Following a national search, the initial paper screening by the board's search consultants, a paper screening by the board and an initial round of interviews, the board has identified the following finalists: Jennifer Cheatham, chief of instruction for Chicago Public Schools, and Walter Milton Jr., superintendent of Springfield Public Schools in Springfield, Ill.

The finalists will participate in a community forum on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 5:45 p.m. at the Monona Terrace. Community members will have the opportunity to hear from the finalists and ask questions.

In addition to the community forum, finalists will also visit schools, meet with district staff and have their final interview with the board.

If community members are unable to attend the forum, they are also invited to submit comments to board@madison.k12.wi.us.

Up-to-date winter storm closings

Up-to-date winter storm closings

Snow emergencies, school closures, weather pics and more    

Channel3000.com and News 3 have up-to-the-minute closures and weather advisory information for area communities.

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Madison taking shots at achievement gap with $4.7 million

Madison taking shots at achievement gap with $4.7 million

Four months after a new academic achievement test showed the average black seventh-grader reading at six grade-levels below the average white seventh-grader, Metropolitan Madison School District (MMSD)  is hoping to reverse the trend with their $4.7 million attack on MMSD's achievement gap.

Faux Bielema gaining ground on Twitter

Faux Bielema gaining ground on Twitter

In addition to creating a big single-game coaching payday for Barry Alvarez and casting a far-reaching spotlight on who the Badgers might pick to coach the team post Rose Bowl (spoiler! He’s from Utah), former UW football coach Bret Bielema’s departure for Arkansas inspired another attention-grabber: the mocking Twitter imposter @BeingBielema.

Since the former coach's departure from Madison, the account's following has been gaining quickly and The Badger Herald scored a sit down with the faux former coach.

Get a whiff of the sometimes irreverent, most times funny Q&A.