MMSD Response To Open Records Requests Called “Ugly”

By SSFP editors

Open records watchdogs and clean government advocates call responses by Madison school officials to open records inquires “ugly.”

A recent report distributed by the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council and published in the Wisconsin State Journal says the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) would not fulfill a request for information about public records without payment. Responding to a specific request, filed by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), the Madison district required a payment of more than $1,000 to provide the requested information. [read more]

Wisconsin Foam Opens New, Greener Facility on Madison's East Side

by Rory Schaefer, age 12

From car seats to cosmetics, you probably use foam products every day. But did you know that commercial foam is fabricated right here in Madison, Wisconsin?

Wisconsin Foam, a company that produces foam on a mass scale, recently moved into an energy-efficient, 150,000 square foot facility on the east side of Madison. The facility is around three times larger than the company’s previous establishment and much greener. [read more]

Summit Credit Union Will Open Large Branch on Monona Drive

by Sylvan Bachhuber, age 17

This coming December, a new branch of Summit Credit Union will open on Monona Drive. It will be the 34th Summit location.

The new branch, opening on the former site of the La Bamba restaurant, will be the second largest credit union in Wisconsin. The address is 5809 Monona Drive. [read more]

Wright Middle School Students Win National African American History Bowl

by Josepha Da Costa, age 12

Recently, a team from Madison’s James C. Wright Middle School took home the championship in a national African American History Challenge Bowl competition in New Orleans.

“We’re now known as one of the national powerhouse chapters of the African American History Challenge Bowls,” said Enis Ragland, the founding president of 100 Black Men of Madison, in an interview with Madison365. “I can’t take much credit; the kids did all the work. We are very proud of them.” [read more]

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Simpson Street Free Press student reporters recently had the opportunity to meet and interview potters from the rural Mexican village of Mata Ortiz at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA). Each artist has a unique story—some began the trade at age 17, while others started at only four years old. All of the artists, young and old, share a deep passion for the ceramic arts and their village. [read more...]
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California and Nevada are facing droughts more severe and long-lasting than lasting any in the past 40 years. The recent lack of rain has led to wildfires, damaged animal habitats, new rules and fines. [read more...]
Earlier this year, tension rose in Ukraine as protestors called for a new government. President Viktor Yankovych, elected to office in 2010, was ultimately removed from power. [read more...]
During a recent tour of the newly expanded Aldo Leopold Nature Center, executive director Camille Zanoni shared some alarming data with Free Press student writers. Zanoni said that children spend only one percent of their time outside. This directly correlates with a rise in childhood obesity, depression, ADD/ADHD, and cardiovascular problems. [read more...]
Recent studies led by Dr. Jim Olson indicate that scorpion venom may help identify cancerous tissue. If developed further, this research could raise the quality of life for cancer patients. [read more...]
Elephant tusks are composed of ivory, a white, bone-like material. Currently, up to 35,000 of the estimated 500,000 living African elephants are slaughtered every year for their ivory tusks. Tusks from a single male elephant weigh more than 250 pounds. On the black market, one pound of ivory is valued as high as $1,500. [read more...]
McFarland High School student and Simpson Street Free Press staff writer Rebekah Severson received a $15,000 scholarship to attend Conserve School in Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin. Severson, 16, will spend the winter of 2015 at the school studying environmental and conservation practices. [read more...]
Recently, seven Simpson Street Free Press reporters had the opportunity to attend Madison Community Foundation’s 2014 annual event. It was enlightening, educational, and fun. The highlight of the night was the keynote address, given by renowned journalist and reporter, Dan Rather. [read more...]
Next week, millions of Americans will celebrate our nation’s Independence on the Fourth of July. Local Dane County businesses will also mark the holiday. These locally owned businesses explore what it means to be independent. [read more...]
Hoping to garner support for the national “buy local” movement, Dane Buy Local and the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) have declared June 27 through July 7, 2014 “Independents Week.” This week-long national campaign will reflect on economic democracy, local entrepreneurship, diversity, and community. [read more...]
Simpson Street Free Press assistant editor Stephanie Sykes was recently recognized by the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her leadership. [read more...]
Our very own Assistant Editor, Aarushi Agni was recently recognized for her reporting for the The Daily Cardinal, a student-run daily newspaper at UW-Madison. Every year the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) holds its Mark of Excellence Competition to honor the best student journalists. Aarushi is ranked among the top three in the region for “General News Reporting.” [read more...]
Most Madison streets are bland and colorless, but that may no longer be the case if a proposal by Alderperson Marsha Rummel of the Near East Side is passed. Her proposal outlines a process to gain the City’s approval to do street art. [read more...]
“If you want this Madison cultural landmark to stick around, start breaking open those piggy banks!” says the Four Star Video Heaven campaign website. [read more...]
A new invasive species has been discovered in Wisconsin’s lake system. Until 2012, New Zealand mud snails had only been found in the western United States. A lab at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point analyzed a sample of water detected at Black Earth Creek and detected the presence of snails in Wisconsin waters. There were only a few asexual clones of the snails, which helped the scientists determine that the snails were from Colorado. It is possible that they came by way of a sport fisherman. [read more...]
With this winter’s record-breaking fronts, the depth of ice covering Madison’s lakes may have been the least of your worries - unless you spend your time fishing on it. With the worst of the winter season behind us, however, you may begin to wonder: when is all the ice going to melt? [read more...]
As a full-blooded African, everything in my genes leads me to cringe at the thought of anything related to cold. Recently, however, something fascinating happened in my adopted home state of Wisconsin. This year’s harsh winter allowed for spectacular ice caves to emerge along the shores of Lake Superior. Even someone of my heritage can appreciate the allure of these natural wonders. [read more...]
Mass transportation is an important part of any big city. In most cases, citizens depend on local transit to get to work. In New York City, people are now using the subway system not only for work, but also to maintain their social lives. Consequently, two long-time records have been broke in “the City.” [read more...]
Pancakes taste wonderful, but they would not be as scrumptious without real maple syrup. And this year in Wisconsin, we have a lot of it. [read more...]
A painting long considered fake was recently declared a Van Gogh original by a set of experts at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. [read more...]
Have you ever wondered how prehistoric creatures moved or how their body structures were formed? [read more...]
Henry Vilas Zoo’s very own 18-year-old African lion, Henry, died this year. His health and quality of life was decreased over time due to old age and late stage renal failure. [read more...]
Amid national discussion over interest rates on federal student loans, and the mounting problem of student loan debt, University of Wisconsin System passed a tuition freeze to take place this academic year. This means that for the 2013-14 year, costs of tuition will remain the same as the previous school year. The freeze will apply to in-state and out-of-state undergraduates along with graduate students. Therefore, the change will affect all UW System students. Lawmakers wrote the tuition freeze into the 2013-15 state budget that was passed by Governor Scott Walker. [read more...]
Shoppers want to be well aware of which products are good and which ones are bad. It’s easy to tell when you visit a store and examine it for yourself, but it gets much trickier online. Experts say some online reviews are not actually consumer opinions, but are for-hire endorsements or promotional material. [read more...]
Across the Middle East and Africa one of the great civil rights struggles of our generation is being fought. Young girls are on the front lines. [read more...]
Two researchers at Cornell University arranged an experiment to finally settle the score about the age-old diet advice: “Never shop on an empty stomach.” [read more...]
On June 21, the summer solstice, all types of live music will be heard in Madison, thanks to the volunteer-led organization called Make Music Madison. [read more...]
The Capital Times recently won 10 awards from the Milwaukee Press Club annual for “Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism.” [read more...]
Dane County recently reached an agreement with the Bruce Company to pur-chase hundreds of acres of land along the Sugar River. This historic purchase is the county’s largest-ever acquisition of river frontage and creates countless new opportuni-ties for outdoor recreation. [read more...]
A new initiative aimed at the achievement gap opened recently in Madison’s Leopold School neighborhood. It is a partnership between Dane County and the United Way of Dane County. The program intends to support learning for children from birth until they enter four-year-old kindergarten. “This investment will help make sure more kids enter four-year old kindergarten ready to succeed,” says Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. [read more...]
Recently, a new American Girl doll named Saige Copeland was introduced as the 2013 Girl of the Year. Saige is a fourth grader from Albuquerque, New Mexico, who loves to paint and ride horses. She is the latest edition of the popular featured doll by the Middleton-based American Girl Company. [read more...]
Last year, a 14-year old Pakistani girl was shot by members of the Taliban, a militant Islamic group, because she wrote a blog advocating education for girls. [read more...]
Blackbeard was the most fearsome pirate that ever to sail the seas, notorious for his daredevil tactics in battle. Blackbeard was known for his success in piracy and for his murderous ways. [read more...]
According to new rules set by Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR), hunters will be allowed to eliminate almost a quarter of Wisconsin’s wolves this winter. Debates go on about whether this hunt will actually make any difference in our state’s thriving wolf population. [read more...]
South Towne Mall is getting makeover. Construction and reconfiguration at the mall began in August. South Towne is anchored by Kohl’s and Shopko department stores, and by Hobby Lobby. [read more...]
In an effort to get two red pandas to mate, the Henry Vilas Zoo is hosting a new male red panda. [read more...]
The city of Green Bay has a downtown rodent infestation and city officials intend to deal with it in a unique way; they plan to introduce birds of prey. [read more...]
The Aronson Award for career achievement in social justice journalism is an honor given to Nobel Peace Prize winners and other prestigious journalists. The 2011 Aronson Award went to John Nichols from Madison’s very own Capital Times. [read more...]
Many people are familiar with the Big Bang Theory: a large explosion created the entire universe. However, most people are unfamiliar with how matter was formed. Scientists have theorized that the key to this puzzle is the Higgs particle. [read more...]
Pandas, especially giant pandas, are extremely difficult to breed in captivity. Because they are endangered in the wild, zoos try hard to breed pandas as a way to help protect the species. [read more...]
Recently, Henry Vilas Zoo’s white rhinoceros, Gracie, died at the age of 41. Gracie was brought to the zoo in 1976 with her mate George. Both have lived well beyond the normal 20 to 30 year life expectancy for rhinos. [read more...]
These days it seems everything is available through technology, even reading material. In recent years, Amazon and Barnes & Noble have developed e-readers, and made available thousands of books for purchase and download online. [read more...]
While many newspapers in Wisconsin are seeing a drop in their hard copy circulation count, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s readership has actually grown according to The Audit Bureau of Circulation. [read more...]
The results of a national reading exam administered in 2009 showed Wisconsin’s African-American fourth-grade students posted scores that trailed their racial peers in every other state. Now, there is new national data from 2011; and this new data shows only slight improvement for those Wisconsin students. [read more...]
Monday, Mary Burke, Trek Bicycle executive and former Commerce secretary, announced plans to run for Lucy Mathiak’s current seat on the School Board this spring. She is running on the platform of closing the achievement gap in Madison public schools. [read more...]
Technology, especially in television, has improved significantly over time. From black and white to color, from poor sound quality to movie theater surround sound, and now from 2-D to 3-D, the way we watch television is constantly being reinvented. [read more...]
OMG! New expressions are being added to the dictionary! [read more...]
The Dane County drug court began in 1996 and is one of about 2,000 such courts in the United States. Participants must have no convictions or pending cases due to violence or weapon possession. They must also have an identifiable need for drug treatment. [read more...]