WISC EDITORIAL AGENDA 2013 – OUR SCHOOLS – UW STEPS UP
One of the most encouraging developments in the ongoing community conversation about our public schools has been the participation of so many important community partners. The effort to address the achievement gap has finally grown beyond the school district and important Schools of Hope initiative, including the Simpson Street Free Press, Boys and Girls Club, Madison Mayor’s office, private businesses and the impressive United Way Educate to Elevate conference last December.
This past week the University of Wisconsin School of Education and Center on Wisconsin Strategy kicked off a ten-day series of conversations about public education issues called Ed Talks Wisconsin. It’s an impressive effort engaging top academics and researchers, local officials, writers and community leaders in the interest of diverse views and vigorous debate. We welcome it. The University should absolutely be part of every aspect of this critical community effort. We appreciate their stepping up.