by Lauren Thill | 10/09/2017 - 2:15pm


The 2016-2017 annual report of the Madison Metropolitan School District shows gains in reading and math comprehension, as well as progress for English language learners, but lags behind in building personalized pathways to college for high school students.

by Lauren Thill | 08/14/2017 - 12:24pm


Even in the middle of the summer, the Simpson Street Free Press South Towne newsroom is busy with students learning and writing. The newsroom is filled with resources for students—from a library full of sources , to the volunteers who help students revise their articles.  

The newsroom exemplifies SSFP’s mission to actively help students learn in out-of-school time in a high-impact, effective fashion. 

by Kate Jungers | 07/13/2017 - 2:40pm

A young girl walked into a Madison public high school one Monday morning this spring. Her hair had been done professionally, her nails were polished and manicured. She was sporting a new, expensive outfit, and she spoke to her friends about the hotels she had stayed in that weekend.

The girl was also homeless.

by Lauren Thill | 07/02/2017 - 8:41am

From July 19 through 26, nearly 200 girls ranging from kindergarten to recent high school graduates will be learning about fingerprinting, cutting apart cars and propelling from buildings at CampHERO.

Partnering with Girl Scouts of Wisconsin-Badgerland, CampHERO allows young girls to learn what it is like to work in protective services, which are career paths girls are not normally encouraged to pursue. It spans a week and immerses the campers in hands-on activities.


by Lauren Thill | 06/27/2017 - 1:14pm

This summer, Simpson Street Free Press is celebrating 25 years of efforts tackling Madison’s educational achievement gaps through its out-of-school literacy programs. Three assistant editors represented the organization at a Rotary Club of Madison South luncheon Monday, sharing SSFP’s plans for its 25th year.

Tags: Education
by Gretchen Christensen | 06/27/2017 - 9:20am

Our weekly roundup of headlines around Madison

by Lauren Ann Sklba | 06/22/2017 - 7:25am

Michael Dando knew at a young age that he wanted to be a teacher.   

But throughout his early education, he often found himself in trouble for being too loud and asking too many questions.  

“I loved learning; I didn’t like schooling. I liked questions; I didn’t like being told answers,” Dando said. “And that still informs my practice today.”

When his tenth grade teacher let him teach a class, he knew he had found his calling.

Tags: Education
by Gretchen Christensen | 06/12/2017 - 2:49pm

Our weekly round up of headlines around Madison

by Gretchen Christensen | 05/22/2017 - 2:25pm

Our weekly round up of headlines around Madison

by Gretchen Christensen | 05/08/2017 - 5:05pm

Our weekly round up of headlines around Madison

by Gretchen Christensen | 05/01/2017 - 12:38pm

Our weekly roundup of headlines around Madison

by Simpson Street Free Press | 04/20/2017 - 9:39am

This month, Simpson Street Free Press' Sarah Useche and Taylor Kilgore respond to two recent op-eds published in the Wisconsin State Journal. 

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