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Madland: Is the Madison school district's behavior plan enough?
Recently, the Madison Metropolitan School Board adopted a pair of new behavior plans meant to reduce the number of suspensions and expulsions in the district, particularly the punishments that are disproportionately handed out to students of color. I'd like to applaud the school board for taking a serious look at the district's expulsion rate. However, I wonder if these new codes will be enough. >MoreMadland: Confronting racial disparities in Madison isn't easy, but just do something
Madisonians are talking about race and racism these days, which is a good thing, given a string of unflattering and disturbing reports about our city and state's record on race and equity. >MoreMadland: Why I can't celebrate the Senator Mike Ellis bombshell video
I normally love some good old fashioned schadenfreude. The misery of people I don't like is supposed to make me happy. But I can't get any joy out of the release of a covert recording of Wisconsin Senate President Mike Ellis discussing illegal fundraising tactics. >MoreMadland: Why Isthmus wrote about the expulsion of a 'white, middle-class honors student'
The morning Isthmus hit the streets with our story about a high school freshman's expulsion from East High School, I received an email from a father whose daughter had also been expelled under the Madison school district's zero tolerance policy. He recalled how he had contacted me about two years ago to see if we'd be interested in telling the story of his daughter's expulsion ordeal. >MoreMadland: The life and art of David McLimans
Madison lost a great artist and illustrator recently. David McLimans, whose artistic talent and humor was nonpareil, will be sorely missed in Madison and around the world. >MoreMadland: Surviving the Final Four as a non-basketball fan
If you aren't a college basketball fan, this can be a challenging week to live in Madison.Coverage of the Badgers' Final Four berth is everywhere in local news. After Saturday night's game, State Street was flooded with fans -- if any more people had shown up, Frank Productions would have tried to sell tickets, à la Freakfest. Over the last two weeks, casual work discussions threatened to turn into a breakdown of brackets at any given moment. >MoreMadland: Madison's media is really white
As our fine city wraps up hosting the White Privilege Conference and gears up for a school board election where the achievement gap is front and center, it feels like Madison is finally engaging in some discussions that should have been started years ago. >MoreMadland: Cherish Madison's lakes, with or without Rhythm & Booms
On a walk earlier this week in Yahara Place Park, I caught my first real glimpse of Lake Monona in a long time. Canada geese and coots were hanging out where the ice met the sparkling open water, and the gorgeousness reminded me how much we should cherish Madison's precious resource -- our lakes. >MoreMadland: Bucky Badger in Bangladesh
It's been almost a year since the horrific collapse of Rana Plaza, an eight-story factory tower near Dhaka, Bangladesh. The April 24, 2013 collapse left more than 1,100 garment workers dead, and many survivors are still struggling for compensation for ruined bodies and lives. Bangladesh doesn't seem so far from Madison when you consider that many of those workers toiled so Americans and other Westerners can have cheap clothing. >MoreMadland: Understanding Uber and Lyft's lame launch in Madison
The introduction of the Lyft and Uber "ride services" to Madison was certain to be contentious. However, their 'launch first and get legal approval later' strategy made the debate more acrimonious than it needed to be. >More