Schools and businesses throughout Dane County are providing COVID-19 shots for children over 5 years old. Over the past month, Dane County schools and businesses launched a series of inoculation efforts following the approval of COVID-19 vaccines for children over the age of five. Dane County is among the most heavily vaccinated areas in the United States, with 86% of adults receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 shot, and community members are hopeful similar trends will be sustained in vaccinating children. Clinics thus far were held at a variety of locations, including Prairie Elementary School, Arboretum Elementary School, Badger Ridge Middle School and the Madison Children’s Museum. One parent who brought their son to the Madison Children’s Museum clinic said they were eager to vaccinate their child amid concerns of a potential winter surge in cases or
New Wisconsin laws aim to prevent backlog of sexual assault kits, support survivors
Juliana Tornabene, NBC 15, Dec. 6, 2021
Gov. Tony Evers signed two pieces of legislation, Senate Bill 94 and Senate Bill 71, to make the current method of tracking and testing sexual assault kits more efficient, improving transparency and accountability for survivors
Exact Sciences donates a half million dollars to Urban League’s Black Business Hub project
Jaymes Langrehr, Channel3000, Dec. 9, 2021
Exact Science announced a $500,000 donation for the construction of the future Black Business Hub, a four-story, 76,000-square foot building project that will help connect Madison's Black community to career opportunities and support entrepreneurs of color. Community
What the Sun Prairie High School split means for student athletes
Andrew Balko, Madison Commons, Dec. 7, 2021
The opening of Sun Prairie West High School in fall 2022 will allow greater opportunities for student athletes, including more opportunities for playing time and student leadership.
Two teams, two mascots and more chances to compete next year. Sun Prairie West High School will open its doors for the first time in fall 2022. This will shake up the school district, including its high school athletics.
The district had about 2,500 students enrolled in grades 9–12 as of November, according to a district enrollment report posted on its website. This separation will provide new opportunities for each high school that otherwise wouldn’t be available. “I think you are more likely to see more kids come out,” said Eric Nee, Sun Prairie’s Athletic Director.
Madison Police report shows racial disparities
Meredith Opie, Madison Commons, Nov. 29, 2021
A Madison report revealed that nearly half of incidents of police force are directed at Black residents, despite making up 9% of the Madison population. Chief Barnes believes these biases exist both inside and outside of the police force. Madison mayor, attorney hit back at Michael Gableman’s 2020 review
Allison Garfield and Jack Kelly, The Capital Times, Dec. 3, 2021
Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich respond to threats of jail time by former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman over a review of the state’s 2020 presidential election.