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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.

Snowstorm closes much of Madison area - Continued news coverage

Snowstorm closes much of Madison area - Continued news coverage

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Madison-area community closures, advisories will be updated
throughout the strong winter storm affecting much of Southern Wisconsin.

Art students show portfolio work at garden

Fall graduates' artwork exhibition from 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

Olbrich Gardens will host a student art show reception Wednesday.

Madison College’s fall portfolio show featuring work from 31 graduating students will be open from 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

Graduates from the design and illustration program are featured in the show; a variety of pieces showcase the students’ work including photography, illustrations, product packaging and branding designs.

An online portfolio for the fall 2012 Madison College graduates is now available.

John Legend at Monona Terrace Thursday with education series

John Legend at Monona Terrace Thursday with education series

Grammy Award winner and education advocate John Legend will be part of a two-day Madison event focused on the future of education in the Madison area.

The Educate to Elevate education forum and innovation summit is organized by the Urban League of Greater Madison.

The organization said events scheduled Thursday and Friday "will provide opportunities for inspiration and action in better serving the children of our community with world-class schools."

The event starts with a VIP luncheon and education forum at the Alliant Energy Center and features John Legend and Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children's Zone.