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Forum to highlight discussion on 'shadow' schools, education budgets
Forum to highlight discussion on 'shadow' schools, education budgets

Two local volunteer groups plan to sponsor a public conversation with area leaders on education next week.

Wisconsin State Senators Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, and Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, are among area leaders participating in "How Many Kids Left Behind? An Interactive Community Conversation on the Future of Our Public Schools" at the Middleton Performing Arts Center, 2100 Bristol St., on Sept. 5.

The forum, which begins at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public.

At the 90-minute event, panelists will discuss topics including the state of the education budget, the “shadow” school system (including vouchers and charter schools), and the needs of rural districts.

In addition to the two state senators, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education Dean Julie Underwood, Department of Public Instruction policy adviser and federal funds trustee Jeff Pertl, and state Association of School Board government relations specialist Joe Quick will participate.

There will be a five-minute presentation on each topic. The other panelists will then respond with additional ideas and reactions, followed by questions from the audience. Each segment will last 25 minutes.

Team Gold, a west side Madison neighborhood team, and the Middleton Action Team are sponsoring the program. The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School Board of Education is hosting.

Team Gold and the Middleton Action Team are volunteer organizations that said their mission is to put together events to promote further dialogue about key issues important to our area, state and country.

-IF YOU GO-

  • WHAT: "How Many Kids Left Behind? An Interactive Community Conversation on the Future of Our Public Schools"
  • WHERE: Middleton Performing Arts Center, 2100 Bristol St.
  • WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m.

 

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