A new opportunity for families at MMSD

Madison parents are excited about a new opportunity for their children to pursue a nontraditional learning style at Madison’s first public Montessori School. Last week the Madison Metropolitan School District Education Board voted Isthmus Montessori School to become a charter school for the 2018-2019 school year. Parents attending an MMSD education board meeting on the topic in January found the Montessori’s emphasis on accommodating all learning styles promising. Moreover, the Academy administrators believe the unique curriculum could help minimize the district’s stubborn achievement gap. According to the American Montessori Society, Montessori curricula stress the importance of individualizing each learning style to every learner and making schools a trusting and welcoming community –a feature Isthmus Montessori founder Carrie Marlette takes pride in at her school.

Meet this election’s school board candidates

Last week, approximately 200 madison residents were introduced to the six individuals vying for the two open seats on the Madison Metropolitan School District school board at a forum hosted by Grandparents United for Madison Public Schools. This school board election cycle has three individuals up for seat six and seat seven –– only Ed Hughes is running for re-election. The primary election will be Feb. 21, however early voting is available at various locations across Madison before the official primary. Each candidate answered multiple questions relating to many of the issues the school board will tackle over the next couple years including earlier middle school start times, the Personalize Pathways program and teacher shortages.