Black leaders express joy, hope in new superintendent

A virtual reception hosted by local Black leaders to welcome Carlton Jenkins as the new superintendent of Madison schools was filled with overwhelming excitement and deep sense of hope, as Jenkins said his move to Madison to address educational disparities is his contribution to the movement inspired by the death of George Floyd.

Madison Commons Media Digest, July 24, 2020

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Positive test rate edges up again as 13 more fatalities are confirmed; As PHMDC updates backlog of 17,000 negative tests, County grows by 47 new cases Saturday, Robert Chappell and Stephanie Díaz de Léon, Madison365, July 25. COVID-19

Tony Evers says case growing for state mask mandate as COVID-19 infections climb, Mitchell Schmidt, WSJ, July 23; 4 more Wisconsin cities enact mask mandates; Evers resists statewide order, Scott Bauer, AP, July 23. Dozens gather outside Capitol protesting rent, evictions, Jamie Perez, Channel3000, July 25. Racial Justice and Protest

Justice Department sending federal agents into Milwaukee in crackdown on Democratic cities, Henry Redman, Wisconsin Examiner, July 23. Madison police recommending hate-crime enhancer for battery on Metro Transit bus, Jeff Richgels, WSJ, July 23.

Local artist hopes ‘Defending Black Girlhood’ lawn signs make a beautiful way to share a powerful message

Lilada Gee said she wants the images of young Black girls in lawns across Madison, across Dane County and across the world. 

“My main message is defending Black girlhood -- and to make sure that we are having the critical conversation about defending Black girls and helping Black women to heal and how that all plays into the wellbeing of our Black community and as a community as a whole,” said Gee, who is the founder of the nonprofit Defending Black Girlhood. 

Madison Commons Media Digest, July 19, 2020

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Madison School District will begin year with all-virtual instruction, Scott Girard, Capital Times, July 17. COVID-19

COVID-19 posing difficult choices for Wisconsin's immigrant workers, Shirin Ali and Anabel Mendoza, Medill News Service, July 18. Wisconsin DHS reports 10 deaths, record 978 new cases as positive test rate jumps, Robert Chappell and Stephanie Díaz de Léon, Madison365, July 18. Contact tracers work to curb, keep up with growing COVID-19 outbreak; COVID-19 antibody detection up slightly as cases, hospitalizations rise, David Wahlberg, WSJ, July 18. UW-Madison convalescent plasma trial: 94% with severe COVID avoid ICU, Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, July 17.

What it’s like to be tested for coronavirus

With the continually rising cases of coronavirus infection in the greater Madison area, testing for the pandemic responsible for nearly 140,000 deaths in the US has become a regular occurrence for many. At least for me. Nasal swabs which determine the presence of the virus are currently being done by the National Guard at the Alliant Energy Center and promised until at least August 31.

Madison Commons Media Digest, July 12, 2020

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Carlton Jenkins named next MMSD superintendent, Scott Girard, Capital Times, July 10. Dane County order: Masks required indoors, except at home, starting Monday, Brianna Reilly, CT, July 7. COVID-19
With uptick of COVID-19 cases, Wisconsin response measures likely limited to local orders, Mitchell Schmidt, WSJ, July 12. New coronavirus record for second straight day as 880 test positive in Wisconsin, Robert Chappell and Stephanie Díaz de Léon, Madison365, July 10. As COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations rise, panel addresses 'nightmare of school reopening,' David Wahlberg, WSJ, June 10.

Carlton Jenkins returns to Madison to head schools

In a press conference Friday, School Board President Gloria Reyes detailed the thoughtful and tedious nature of the decision, sharing that hiring a superintendent “is the most important decision a school board makes.” Noting the importance of community feedback and dialogue, Reyes emphasized that throughout the process board members maintained a confidence in Jenkins’ leadership and experience.

Historical Society honors Garver Feed Mill with Restoration Award

The Wisconsin Historical Society has honored Baum Revision with the 2020 Historic Restoration Award for their role in the preservation of the Garver Feed Mill, an iconic landmark on Madison's near East Side that has become a production space for emerging artisan food makers, wellness studios and hospitality providers.