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New & Noteworthy Collections - Lehman Alternative Community School

Fri, August 05, 2022 6:08 PM | Anonymous

The Lehman Alternative Community School (LACS) was founded in 1974, "to be a genuine  alternative where students, staff and parents are directly involved in governance,...where students may study subjects of personal interest, and courses are available  which relate to contemporary issues in society....." The broader philosophy of the school reflects the administrative goal of letting students use freedom responsibly, and to make their own educational choices appropriate to their individual levels of development. One such student was Satya Rhodes-Conway, who was heavily involved with leadership roles at LACS when she was a student there in the 1980s and 1990s. She served on the school's Advisory Board and was involved in various administrative efforts, including  personnel decisions, and curriculum planning. She saved numerous records from her years there and her LACS papers were recently donated to our collections.  Satya Rhodes Conway is still a leader in her community; she is currently the Mayor of Madison, WI.

This interesting collection of materials on the history of LACS can be seen in our Research Library. Contact for an appointment.

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