by Anna Asendorf | 06/06/2011 - 11:01am

For non-profit organizations across the country, the need for community volunteers often outpaces citizens willing to donate their time, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County, a non-profit agency which pairs adult mentors with young children to build healthy, lasting relationships, is no exception to this trend

Tags: Education
by Iris Riis | 06/01/2011 - 4:51pm

Pro-life groups are currently working on legislation to repeal Wisconsin’s Healthy Youth Act because the law does not allow abstinence-only sex education in Wisconsin schools.

Tags: Education, City, Youth
by Rory Linnane | 05/16/2011 - 11:08am

It wasn’t your ordinary BLT.

On March 30, when the 93rd customer of the day ordered lunch at the new Slow Food Café, the student chefs were nearly out of ingredients for their “Big, Local and Tasty” sandwich. What the customer got was a “bacon grilled cheese mash up.”

by Gillian Losh | 05/12/2011 - 8:49pm

The Aristos Scholars program gathers Madison’s best and brightest educators to discuss district-wide teaching issues and award grants to unique projects in area schools.

Tags: Education
by Gillian Losh | 05/12/2011 - 6:41pm

ESL classes at Shorewood Hill Elementary School offer English language instruction to the school’s uniquely diverse population.

by Rory Linnane | 05/10/2011 - 4:55pm

When it comes time to plant new peas at the Lapham Elementary School garden this year, there might not be anyone there to do it.

Jim Hansen, who for five years has coordinated the garden and introduced hundreds of students to the soil, plants and critters, might not be able to continue working at Lapham if his position is defunded.

Like most school garden initiatives, Hansen’s position is tenuous, dependent on funding from parent groups and grants.

“Trying to run any kind of project on soft money, I think, is really dicey,” he said.

by Mai Vang | 05/04/2011 - 6:46pm

Eighth graders at St. James School recently won one of two grand prizes in the national Lexus Eco Challenge, and will receive $30,000 in grants and scholarships.

by Gillian Losh | 04/26/2011 - 7:22pm

Meet Michelle Yang, a senior at Memorial High School, and winner of this year’s Siemens Award for accomplishments on math and science Advanced Placement exams.

by Mai Vang | 04/26/2011 - 12:13pm

In the wake of protests against Gov. Scott Walker’s Budget Repair bill, Madison Preparatory Academy finds itself having to defend against concerned critics who question its decision to hire non-district, non-union teachers.

Tags: Education
by Mai Vang | 04/23/2011 - 2:14pm

Madison community members debate the Urban League of Greater Madison’s (ULGM) funding proposal for an all-male charter school that will be independent of the Madison Metropolitan School District. Critics call the charter school an attack on public education.

Tags: Education
by Gillian Losh | 04/23/2011 - 12:57pm

At Nuestro Mundo Elementary School, a charter school on Madison’s east side, students are taught in both English and Spanish in the hopes of producing completely bilingual students. Despite low initial test scores, advocates say bilingual instruction gives students invaluable tools for the future.

by Qi Gu | 04/23/2011 - 12:34pm

New student-operated credit union at LaFollette High School offers students hands-on opportunities to improve financial literacy.