Author: Patti Zarling

Special Report: Connecting to cultures

MMSD works to build relationships with students

The Madison Metropolitan School District works to build relationships with students of diverse racial and ethnic cultures to improve learning and help narrow the academic achievement gap.

Q&A: Reflections on the strategic framework

This Q&A is part of a special report on education

When Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham came aboard five years ago, one of her immediate goals was to work with her team to create a strategic framework.

Local businesses continue using jingles

Remember the Oscar Mayer song?

Madison is home to one of the most catchy national jingles: Oscar Mayer’s famous “Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer weiner” commercial.

Local kids bank on the future

Local kids learn to manage their funds

When Summit Credit Union CEO and President Kim Sponem thought of giving local youth a chance to learn about finances by operating their own credit union, she was trying to prevent a problem she sees in adults.

Hailing a car with a quick tap on a phone

Growing ride-hailing apps impact cab services

The allure of Uber and Lyft is that they offer cheap rides with the tap of a smartphone – leading many taxi companies to launch their own apps.

Local businesses adopt LGBT-friendly policies

Madison businesses welcome gay and lesbian workers

Some workplaces in Madison have developed policies and practices that are welcoming to gay and lesbian employees, but these efforts go unnoticed if they’re not highly visible.