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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

CHANNEL3000.COM HAS YOUR COMMUNITY WINTER-WEATHER NEWS

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.

Grammy winner collaborating with UW Wind Ensemble for free concert

Grammy winner collaborating with UW Wind Ensemble for free concert

The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music will welcome a three-time Grammy award-winning composer on Nov. 30, when the university premieres two of the artist's new pieces.

The UW Wind Ensemble will perform two of Michael Daugherty’s new works: “Bells for Stowkowski” and “Motown Metal.”

The free performance begins at 8 p.m. in Mills Hall at 455 N. Park St. A pre-concert discussion with Daughterty begins at 7:15 p.m.

Daugherty is collaborating with the university in a special program that brings in accomplished contemporary composers to work directly with the musicians of the UW Wind Ensemble and student composers.

The Sun Prairie High School Wind Ensemble will join the UW group for the evening with a performance conducted by Steve Sveum.

Lincoln School, St. Mary's partner to provide 50 families with Thanksgiving meals

Lincoln School, St. Mary's partner to provide 50 families with Thanksgiving meals

St. Mary's staff members are giving back this Thanksgiving by donating baskets that will be distributed to Lincoln School families who may otherwise not be able to celebrate a traditional holiday.

A total of 50 baskets were assembled by departments across the hospital. St. Mary's staff members purchased items that combined into baskets to provide all of the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner. In addition to the goods in the box, a gift card is included for recipients to purchase a fresh turkey.