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February 18, 2013

An Update on the Parent Complaint of Madison's Talent & Gifted Program, and the Wisconsin DPI's Repsonse

Matthew DeFour:

But because the district has made significant progress and expects to make further improvements to its program, it won't face any penalties at this time, DPI spokesman Patrick Gasper said.

Parents who filed a complaint with the DPI about Madison's TAG program in September 2010, and wrote the DPI another letter last fall about shortcomings in the district's middle school offerings, were pleased with the results of the latest audit.

"The preliminary report achieves a good balance of recognizing effort without losing sight of continued weaknesses," parent Laurie Frost said in an email. "I am happy the district was found to be in only partial compliance, but also very glad the DPI did not levy any financial penalty."

The DPI determined the district's program was deficient in 2011, but agreed to an Aug. 22, 2012, compliance deadline. The School Board adopted a TAG plan and hired a program administrator in 2011.

Much more on the 2010 parent complaint on Madison's "Talented & Gifted" program, here. The move to more one size fits all classes, such as English 10 a few years ago, reduced curricular options for all students.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at February 18, 2013 4:49 AM
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