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New signs in Sun Prairie encouraging safety near school buses Video included

Students and teachers are ready for the new school year, and drivers should be too. More>>

MMSD's Cheatham exceeds expectations in evaluation

School leaders in Madison say new superintendent Jennifer Cheatham more than makes the grade. More>>

ACT exam participation, scores increase for WI students

The number of public and private high school graduates taking the ACT college admission exam in Wisconsin increased, and the average composite score went up slightly as well. More>>

MSD Report: 1 in 3 black students chronically absent from school Video included

A new study says one in three black students was chronically absent from school during the 2013-14 school year, that's according to a Madison School District Report. More>>

Gov. Walker suggests commission to review Common Core

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says he would like to form a commission to review the Common Core academic standards currently in place in Wisconsin. More>>

Voluntary guidelines released for how schools protect kids with food allergies

The federal government is issuing its first guidelines to schools on how to protect children with food allergies.

The voluntary guidelines call on schools to take such steps as restricting nuts, shellfish or other foods that can cause allergic reactions, and make sure emergency allergy medicine - like EpiPens - are available.
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GOP lawmakers grill Supt. Evers over Common Core Standards

MADISON (WKOW) -- The newly created Legislative Committees on the Review of Common Core Standards held its first of four public hearings at the Capitol Thursday.
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UPDATE: Panel shows little interest in undoing Common Core standards

State lawmakers who held a series of public hearings on the Common Core academic standards are showing little interest in attempting to undo those standards.
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USDA announces new school snack food rules

Snack foods sold in schools are getting their first nutritional overhaul in more than 30 years. More>>

Madison College names finalists in presidential search

Madison College narrowed down its search for a new president to three candidates. More>>

Student loan interest rates set to double

Seven million college students could soon be paying more for their loans unless Congress acts in less than a week. More>>

Keep the kids reading this summer to avoid the "summer slide"

Summer is now in full swing, and as families plan their activities, parents should have their kids work reading into that schedule to avoid the "summer slide." More>>

Early childhood program aims to close achievement before it starts

Many education experts agree that closing the achievement gap is a big issue in Madison's schools. More>>

Madison school chief lists challenges, solutions

New Madison schools superintendent Jennifer Cheatham has released a report summarizing strengths and challenges in the system and how to move forward. More>>

UW-Madison students pleased with tuition freeze

Governor Walker has proposed the first two-year tuition freeze in UW-System history. It's an exciting move for many students in Madison, who've continuously seen their tuition go up. More>>

Madison school officials concerned over test scores

Leaders in education in Madison express concern over just-released student test scores, which show a widening achievement gap. More>>

Slight progress in closing achievement gap for Hispanic students

A new report on assessment tests for Wisconsin school students' shows progress for Hispanic Students. More>>

A flurry of questions during Madison Superintendent's open forum

Madison Metropolitan School District's new superintendent is holding her first public forum Thursday night. More>>

New Madison school chief to visit high schools

Madison's new school superintendent will be spending a day at each of the city's high schools over the next several weeks. More>>

Federal education official visits UW-Madison

The U.S. Under Secretary of Education paid a visit to UW-Madison on Tuesday, to talk with students and educators about how to provide all Americans with better access to higher education. More>>

UPDATE: Regents confirm Blank as new UW-Madison chancellor

The University of Wisconsin System's Board of Regents will meet on Friday to consider if Rebecca Blank will be the next chancellor of UW-Madison. More>>

MMSD announces make up instructional time schedules

Some students in Madison will see a change in their instructional schedule due to snow days this winter. More>>

Cheatham's first day in "dream job"

New Madison schools superintendent Jennifer Cheatham wanted city's top education post after seeing job listing More>>

Education trend: virtual charter schools

Some Wisconsin students consider online learning as an alternative to classroom instruction. More>>

New MMSD superintendent starts Monday

The Madison Metropolitan School District's new superintendent starts Monday. More>>

School board candidates hold issue forum

Several of the candidates for Madison school board spoke Thursday afternoon about the issues the district faces. More>>

Bilingual education endangered at elementary school

Chavez Elementary School students show off their Spanish-language skills Chavez Elementary School students show off their Spanish-language skills

The Madison School Board voted on Monday to discontinue the Dual-Language Immersion program at Chavez Elementary School. More>>

New MMSD superintendent to visit schools in first weeks on job

Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD)'s new superintendent has released her plans for the district in her first 90 days on the job. More>>

MMSD says Walker budget will hurt schools

Madison school district leaders say the governor's budget proposal will harm public schools. More>>

UW, Madison College sign reverse transfer deal

The University of Wisconsin and Madison College are teaming up to help more students earn associate degrees. More>>

UPDATE: Third chancellor finalist visits UW-Madison

Chancellor candidate Kim Wilcox talked about how he would lead the University of Wisconsin during a public forum on Monday. More>>

Madison board approves new school superintendent

The Madison Board of Education made it official Wednesday, approving the contract of new superintendent Jennifer Cheatham. More>>

Mirilli won't pursue write-in campaign for Madison School Board

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Ananda Mirilli says she won't pursue a write-in campaign for a seat on the Madison School Board. More>>

School superintendent contract negotiations ongoing despite $235K salary offer

There's no set timeline on finalizing new superintendent Jennifer Cheatham's contract, but the  negotiations are going 'just fine,' says Madison's school board president. More>>

UW-Madison offering new online courses

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is among a growing number of universities offering free online courses through their websites. More>>

WI students "Best in the Midwest" for AP performance

Wisconsin's recent high school graduates have again achieved the state's "Best in the Midwest" ranking for Advanced Placement (AP) exams. More>>

UPDATE: Gov. Walker wants to expand school voucher program to Madison

School vouchers may be coming to Madison.  That's what Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) is proposing for a total of nine school districts across the state. More>>

Madison school board candidates forum

The public got a chance to question some of the candidates for Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education. More>>

Cheatham picked for Superintendent

Chicago schools administrator gets nod as Madison's new schools superintendent, days after other finalist drops out amidst controversy More>>

Jennifer Cheatham's comments on becoming Madison superintendent

The Madison Metro Board of Education announced her hiring Friday afternoon, pending contract negotiations More>>

Background on superintendent finalists

We're learning more about two candidates for Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) superintendent. More>>

Superintendent candidate answers questions from the community

Madison school board members are under some pressure as they decide whether to offer the superintendent's job to the candidate who was in town this Thursday. More>>

MMSD board to focus on remaining superintendent candidate

We're hearing from the Madison Metropolitan School District Board after one of their candidates for superintendent took himself out of contention for the job. Some questioned why he was a finalist in the first place. More>>

Dr. Walter Milton, Jr. withdraws as candidate for MMSD superintendent

The Madison Board of Education says Dr. Walter Milton, Jr. has withdrawn as a candidate to be the district's next superintendent. More>>

MMSD reveals two Superintendent finalists

The Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education has named two finalists for the Superintendent of Schools. More>>

State recognizes programs enriching rural Wisconsin

State Superintendent Tony Evers recognized nine school programs Friday working to enrich rural Wisconsin. More>>

Pridemore wants local school boards to decide on security

MADISON (WKOW) -- State Rep. Don Pridemore (R-Erin) says that individual school boards should have the right to decide what types of security they have in their schools.
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Walker, Barrett to headline school choice event

Governor Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett are scheduled to be the headliners at a national school-choice event in Milwaukee. More>>

iPads help Spanish-speaking students learn English

For a growing number of students in the Madison Metropolitan School District, English is their second language and technology is helping some of them become more fluent. More>>

Walker says school aid could go to teacher bonuses

Governor Scott Walker is scheduled to speak before the Wisconsin state education convention. More>>

UPDATE: Portage school board votes to close 2 rural schools

The Portage Community School District board voted unanimously Tuesday night to close two rural schools. It's a new plan coming just two months after the district announced big cuts were needed to keep the district running. More>>

UW-Madison ranked among nation's best values

UW-Madison was named one of the nation's best values among public colleges. More>>

$1.2 million grant to close the achievement gap

Grant opportunity announced for MMSD's elementary schools to help close the achievement gap. More>>

Committee discusses collaborations to close achievement gap

The achievement gap has long been an issue for public schools. At Wednesday night's education committee meeting in Madison, members discussed why it will take a number of groups and agencies to close it. More>>

Janesville School Board approves teacher dress code

Janesville's school district will start enforcing a dress code for teachers. More>>

UW regents to consider raising nonresident cap

The regents of the University of Wisconsin System will be considering a proposal to admit a higher percentage of out-of-state students. More>>

Poverty affects student report cards

A new study finds poor student report cards are strongly tied to poverty, especially for charter schools. More>>

UPDATE: State agency calls for increase in student financial aid

The University of Wisconsin System, the Wisconsin Technical College System, and other college groups are endorsing a commission finding that calls for increased college aid in the next state budget. More>>

Walker approves $3.3 million Safe Routes to School projects

2013 Safe Routes to School projects approved. More>>

State's largest teachers unions consider merging

Wisconsin's two largest teachers unions are talking about a merger. More>>

Pridemore launches run for state superintendent

Republican state Rep. Don Pridemore launched his candidacy for Wisconsin's top education leader on Monday in Madison. More>>

5 states to increase class time in some schools

School for thousands of public school students is about to get quite a bit longer. More>>

Madison high school athletes will be able to swap gym class credits

Madison high school athletes will no longer be required to take a half credit of physical education. More>>

Students become amateur crime scene investigators

Amateur crime scene investigators are hard at work at a home in Platteville. More>>

State superintendent proposes increase in aid to Wis. schools

Wisconsin's state superintendent proposes a $615 million increase in state funding for schools. More>>

Cuts to teacher benefits offset some losses in school aid

Controversial cuts to Wisconsin teachers' benefits last year offset about two-thirds of the losses in state aid to school districts. More>>

Referendum passes, Middleton school to get a remodel

Tuesday night's election was a win for some local school districts, including the Middleton-Cross Plains District (M-CP). More>>

Madison school board approves budget

The Madison school board finalized its 2012-2013 budget Monday night. More>>

Cambridge School District explains referendum questions

The school district of Cambridge has a big vote coming up on November 6. More>>

Report cards show most Wis. schools meet or exceed expectations

Wisconsin releases a preliminary school report card that shows most of the state's schools meet or exceed expectations. More>>

School lunch debate: Is your child getting enough to eat?

It's National School Lunch Week, and there's still a national debate over new requirements for school lunches. More>>

Moms & dads head back to school with "Parent University"

Parents head back to school in Oregon with "Parent University." More>>

UPDATE: Majority of Wis. school districts to lose state aid

The majority of Wisconsin public school districts will see less money in state aid this year. More>>

MCP schools ready to talk money, that's all

Teachers in another local school district are pushing for a new contract while the state's collective bargaining law is on hold. More>>

Madison schools get money for more fruits and veggies

Several schools in Madison are part of about 180 in the state to receive federal grant money to provide more fruits and vegetables to students. More>>

Madison firefighters teach students about fire safety

It's Fire Prevention Week in Madison, and fire officials want to make sure you and your family are prepared in the event of a house fire. More>>

UPDATE: School Board approves teacher contracts

The Madison Metropolitan School District and its teachers have a new contract. More>>

Regents look to boost UW enrollment

The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents will meet Friday to see how it can boost enrollment at UW system schools. More>>

Local school district says it's working hard to combat bullying

Nancy Yoder, the director of student services for the district, spoke Live with 27 News at 5 about the district's bullying prevention efforts. More>>

MMSD works with alternative school to close achievement gap

We've heard a lot of talk about the achievement gap from the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) this year, but now we're seeing some action the district is taking to close that gap between white and minority students. More>>

Some UW campuses see enrollment decline

The UW Board of Regents will meet Friday to see how it can boost enrollment at UW System schools. More>>

Federal official tours Middleton High's sustainability projects

Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, spoke with some students at Middleton High School. More>>

MTI negotiations may hinge on Judge Colas' stay decision

Madison Teachers Inc. wasted no time asking the Madison Metropolitan School District to go back to the bargaining table.
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MMSD, teachers to begin collective bargaining negotiations

The union representing Madison teachers and the MMSD Board of Education are going back to the bargaining table. More>>

Wis. superintendent calls for restoring respect

Wisconsin's state superintendent says teachers were unfairly targeted in budget and policy debates over the past year and a half. More>>

UPDATE: Community gives input on superintendent search

The Madison Metropolitan School District's Board of Education wants your input on its search for a new, permanent superintendent. More>>

Saving time and money on school lunch

Now that school is back in session, so are lunch duties for parents. That means even more time spent in the kitchen.  But there are some ways to cut back on that time and save some money. More>>

Evers set to give "State of Education" on Thursday

State Superintendent Tony Evers will deliver his "State of Education" address on Thursday. More>>

UPDATE: Teachers union to ask MMSD Tue. to begin negotiations

The head of a teachers union will ask the Madison Metropolitan School District on Tuesday to begin negotiations on a new contract, but it's a contract that might never take effect. More>>

Evers wants all high school juniors to take ACT test

State Superintendent Tony Evers is proposing all Wisconsin public high school juniors to take the ACT college admissions test. More>>

Parenting Project: Helping kids achieve success this school year

The excitement of a new school year hasn't worn off just yet. It's only the first or second day for most students around here. More>>

DeForest educator named Wis. Special Services Teacher of Year

State superintendent Tony Evers has named Linda Bergh, a school counselor at Eagle Point Elementary School in DeForest, Wisconsin's Special Services Teacher of the Year for the 2012-13 school year. More>>

State leaders ring in new school year

State leaders are in Milwaukee to ring in the start of the new school year. More>>

Madison-area students head back to school Tuesday

Most students head back to school this week and police warn drivers about being safe in school zones. More>>

Boys and Girls Club helps get kids ready for school

The club gave local students free backpacks and school supplies on Sunday. More>>

Online charter students don't test as well

A media investigation found their standardized test scores lag behind traditional school students in every subject except reading. More>>

13 Wis. colleges named to Forbes' Best College List for 2012

"Forbes" Magazine named over a dozen Wisconsin colleges to it's Best College List of 2012. More>>

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