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An opportunity to talk, with an emphasis on second chances

An opportunity to talk, with an emphasis on second chances

For many people, a room filled with retired senior citizens and teenagers from all walks of life is an unfamiliar sight. The two generations rarely interact outside of family gatherings, but when they do, something special can happen.

"Dialogue Across the Ages," a program run through the Work and Learn Center on the east side of Madison, brings high school students and older adults together for four sessions in the fall semester.

The Work and Learn Center is an alternative program in the Madison Metropolitan School District for students at risk of not graduating that combines academics and vocational placement and allows the students to attain their high school diploma. Dialogue Across the Ages provides a forum at Madison’s Senior Center for these students, who have often faced many struggles early in life, and senior volunteers to simply … talk.

English program provides medical terminology lessons to non-native speakers

By Aparna Vidyasagar and Mengyuan Zhang

Guadalupe Torres is soft-spoken; her quiet, tentative, English is highlighted by a lilting Mexican accent. She appears shy, perhaps even timid. But when she last visited her doctor and her interpreter was late, she was unfazed, even eager to take on the challenge of speaking to the doctor alone. Torres was confident about navigating the health care system in the United States, all thanks to one class.

National, city, school leaders to focus on out-of-school-time programs

National, city, school leaders to focus on out-of-school-time programs

Local education groups and leaders will be holding meetings to discuss the most effective ways that Madison can help families work with providers, schools and the local government for the well-being of children, according to a release.

The city of Madison, the Madison Metropolitan School District and Madison Out-of-School Time will be hosting community conversations about family involvement with Madison's out-of-school-time programs, officials said.

Madison is one of 14 cities selected by the National League of Cities to partner with the U.S. Department of Education to hold community conversations with educators, parents and community leaders, according to the release.

Suspected gas leak briefly evacuates Emerson Elementary

Students and staff at a near east Madison elementary school were briefly evacuated Thursday morning due to a suspected gas leak, officials said. 

Madison Metropolitan School District spokeswoman Rachel Strauch-Nelson said students were evacuated for about 15 minutes from Emerson Elementary School Thursday morning. 

Spokesman for Madison Gas & Electric, Steve Schultz, said utility crews responded to a gas leak near Emerson Elementary at 11:03 a.m. at a construction site, 107 N. Sixth St.

Gas was shut off to the faulty pipe 11:15 a.m., and the leak was repaired by early afternoon, Schultz said. MG&E said utility crews were not sent to the school. 

It was not immediately clear if gas was detected at the school. 

Official: Extreme cold closes MMSD schools Monday

Official: Extreme cold closes MMSD schools Monday

An official announced Friday afternoon that Madison Metropolitan School District Schools would be closed Monday. 

MMSD spokeswoman Rachel Strauch-Nelson said just before 5 p.m. that all school buildings would be closed Monday due extreme weather conditions.

The Madison School and Community Recreation department activities, athletics and other extra-curriculars scheduled Monday were also canceled.

The district said said a decision about school Tuesday had not yet been made, and families with children attending MMSD schools should monitor local media and email for Tuesday's status. 

For additional area announcements, visit the cold weather announcements page on Channel3000.com.

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Dozens watch anti-bullying film at library

More than 40 people showed up to watch the documentary "Bully" downtown at the Madison Central Library on West Mifflin Street Wednesday.

"Bully" is a powerful and provocative film that follows the lives of five kids who are bullied every day. Its message is that the culture of our schools is broken and needs to change.

The film resonated with many viewers, bringing some close to tears, who discussed the film after the 6:30 p.m. showing. The dialogue was moderated by News 3 Anchor Susan Siman as part of WISC-TV's year-long "Time for Kids Buddy Project" to fight bullying.

Eleven-year-old Terriana Brown said the movie hit close to home for her.  

""I might cry right now," Brown said. "It feels like it's me that is on the screen."

DPI announces school-funding numbers

DPI announces school-funding numbers

The Department of Public Instruction released school-funding numbers Tuesday, and 183 districts will see an increase in state aid. Another 239 districts, including the Madison Metropolitan School District, will see a decrease in state aid.

Total aid given to districts has increased by a total of $47.9 million from the last school year bringing the total school funding budget to $4.342 billion, according to a release.

Funding for Madison will drop 14.5 percent compared to last year. The district will get $49.9 million from the state, which is about $9 million less than last year.