Hear from members of the community on what they experience day-to-day in their Madison education experience.
Students in the Madison area may get disconnected from their education for a variety of reasons: an unstable home life, kids of their own or maybe a traditional school setting just isn’t the right fit. Operation Fresh Start is a nonprofit organization that serves as a form of alternative education for students who did not find success in traditional forms of schooling, such as Madison’s public schools. Students work on either a construction or conservation team three days of the week and attend a day of class one day per week, working their way to a high school diploma or a GED.
Madison’s youngest journalists come together at the Simpson Street Free Press, a youth newspaper designed to engage students academically in a non-traditional school setting. Starting as a neighborhood newspaper and an after-school academic program on Madison’s South Side at the Broadway-Simpson Neighborhood Center, the student newspaper has grown rapidly since its founding in 1992 and currently employs about 250 reporters in middle school and high school. The organization aims to foster an academically challenging environment while also training young students to be leaders in the classroom and their communities.
Madison East High School students interviewed teachers, administrators and fellow peers and asked them about the achievement gap at their school. Listen to what they have to say.
In October 2014, hundreds of students of color traveled to Ypsilanti, Michigan from school districts around the country to attend a conference of the Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) with the goal of developing action plans for reducing racial disparities that they would take back to their schools.