Count us among those who are energized by the recent discussions of the achievement gap and the quality of our public schools. These are tough issues and we are all struggling for answers, but the struggle is what's important right now and we believe a shared vision is emerging. We're not there yet. But we're pointed in the right direction.
Then there's the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools. This important nonprofit this week announced another $50,000 in awards to as many 12 schools for various projects, including evening programming at Leopold Elementary, a restorative justice initiative at Black Hawk Middle School, and culturally responsive enrichment for Mendota Elementary staff -- in other words, a lot of the stuff this community has been talking about. It's another approach. It's effective. And it's needed. They all are.