There is a growing body of research that highlights the benefits of diverse teachers for students of all backgrounds. Studies have found that teachers of color hold higher academic expectations for students of color and students of all races have more favorable perceptions of teachers of color over their white counterparts. And while many agree there is no easy solution to the persistent achievement gap between black and white students in the Madison School District, a more diverse teaching staff could help, some say.

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The Cap Times interviewed Epic Systems CEO Judy Faulkner for our cover story “Her Way” this week. Reporters Katelyn Ferral and Erik Lorenzsonn sat down with Faulkner for 30 minutes at Epic’s campus on March 29 to ask her about her interest in healthcare and her early management decisions at the company. She also spoke to Epic’s impact on the local community, her personal mentors and philosophy when it comes to hiring, considering the lack of women in the STEM fields.

The interview has been lightly edited for grammatical clarity.

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At 82, Abrahamson is the longest serving state Supreme Court justice in the country. This year marks her 40th on the bench, spanning a distinguished career as the first woman to serve on Wisconsin’s highest court and first woman to become its chief justice, the court’s most powerful member. She no longer wields the power over the court’s administration she once did. Now she is frequently in the minority, at odds with how the conservative-dominated court is writing the legal road map for the state’s attorneys and judges, a displeasure she voices loudly in her dissents.

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