Madison school super apologizes, vows to reform ‘racist’ teachers

It’s about behavior, Jennifer. Not race!

Madison Metropolitan School District superintendent Jennifer Cheatham issued a mea culpa today for her racist teachers and principals and yet another “action plan.” That plan includes

• Mandatory staff re-education “on racial identity, implicit bias, and racial inequity in the United States.”

• A new hotline for staff, students, and families to report racism. 

• Keep looking at everything “through the lens of racial equity.”

• Doubling down on restorative justice.

But nothing about holding parents and students responsible for their actions. Nothing about requiring children to obey their teacher. Nothing about parents’ responsibility to read to their children and instruct them to be good citizens. Nothing about maintaining civility at school board meetings.

What is more, Cheatham appears to have thrown that vice principal at Whitehorse middle school under the bus. Perhaps the superintendent is in a position to know the whole story. Perhaps she is yielding to the strongest voices.

“No matter what comes out of the police investigation, there was a failure on our part.”

In would be interesting to know exactly what was that failure?

We yield the podium to:

Jennifer Cheatham, superintendent of the

Madison Metropolitan School District

Madison Metropolitan School District:

Dear Madison Community,

I have talked with enough people in Madison to know that racism is a problem in our community and has been for a long time. We are not immune to it. It is at times intentional and unintentional. It is everywhere, every day.  It is within us and surrounds us. Any school district is a microcosm of the society we live in.

The polarization in our country today puts a tremendous amount of pressure on young people and the people who work in schools to somehow get it right, while the rest of society gets it wrong.

But as a school district that exists to protect children and cultivate the beauty and full worth of every single child, we must be held to the highest possible standard.

The series of racial slur incidents that have occurred this school year and caused harm to Black students, their families, and our community are indefensible. They run counter to our core values and our commitment to serving youth and families.

The most recent incident at Whitehorse Middle School was especially horrific. No matter what comes out of the police investigation, there was a failure on our part. We will review every fact to understand what happened so that we can take aggressive action.

If we are serious about our vision — that every school is a thriving school — we have to disrupt racism in all of its forms. We cannot be silent. We cannot perpetuate it. We must examine everything. In no way can we, as a community of educators, accommodate or make excuses for actions that hurt the very students we have dedicated our lives to help.

As the superintendent of this school district, as a leader for racial justice, as a mother, I know I’ve been charged with making changes that will disrupt this pattern, and even more, uplift the students we serve.

I embrace that charge and will continue to do so.

For those who are demanding meaningful change, I want you to know that there are many inside this institution who are already actively engaged in making it, including our staff of color and white co-conspirators. It is through their unwavering commitment and continual push for change that we have a clearer path forward, more momentum, and cause to move faster. There are a number of critical actions currently underway. Those include:

  • A new system for staff, students, and families to report incidents of racism or discrimination that will launch this spring;
  • A full review of investigation and critical response protocols to ensure they are culturally responsive, grounded in restoration, and more transparent;
  • Revision and consistent application of the MMSD equity tool to ensure current and future HR policy and practice, as well as Board policy recommendations, are developed through a racial equity lens; 
  • A refresh of the School Improvement Planning process to ensure that race, rigor and relationships are central to school based decision making;
  • A new required professional development series for all staff on racial identity, implicit bias, and racial inequity in the United States, along with a refined support and accountability system to monitor progress.

We are also committed to working alongside our community and will hold several facilitated community meetings in the next two months dedicated to building trust and ensuring our collective actions support the students and families we serve.

Last fall, we reaffirmed, more strongly than ever before, our belief in the inherent brilliance, creativity and excellence of Black youth, families, and staff. We know that requires an equal commitment to confront the practices, policies, and people that stand in the way of Black Excellence shining through.

I promise this community that we are going to work hard to get it right. I know we will continue to be challenged. More issues will likely surface. And we will be relentless in our efforts. This is the work we signed up for. Most important, we will listen and learn in a way that models the best instincts of this community that we love.

In partnership,

Jen

 

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23 Responses to Madison school super apologizes, vows to reform ‘racist’ teachers

  1. Sprocket says:

    The abridged version:

    We are going to allow the worst behaved kids to run the school district (because God knows we can’t). Good luck suckers!
    PS – Give us more money.

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  2. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    The REAL winners here?

    Contractors building spec houses in Sun Prairie, DeForest, Waunakee, Middleton, Stoughton, & Verona.

    The Gotch

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  3. Patrick M. O'Loughlin says:

    Here are the real questions: Considering that student behavior has steadily degenerated under the current MMSD policies, how far are MTI and the MMSD willing to let this free fall continue before trying to deploy their emergency parachute? And what is their emergency parachute? Outlawing school choice? How much does the exodus of families and students accelerate before they have to admit that lowering the bar is not the solution? How many thousands of students have to move out of the MMSD before they resort to the heavy handed annexing of neighboring school districts in order to FORCE the students into the schools they have destroyed?

    The TEACHERS need to send a message. The teachers need to move to decertify MTI. They should withhold union dues until MTI agrees to put put teachers first instead of just trying to maintain their monopoly on education. It’s time to drop the facade of “caring about the children.” If they cared about the children they’d allow charter schools. If they cared about children of color, they’d allow school choice. If they cared about the teachers, they’d move to reestablish discipline. They will do none of those things because all they care about is having COMPLETE control of a $400 million budget

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    • Patrick M. O’Loughlin wrote, “Here are the real questions: Considering that student behavior has steadily degenerated under the current MMSD policies, how far are MTI and the MMSD willing to let this free fall continue before trying to deploy their emergency parachute? And what is their emergency parachute? Outlawing school choice? How much does the exodus of families and students accelerate before they have to admit that lowering the bar is not the solution? How many thousands of students have to move out of the MMSD before they resort to the heavy handed annexing of neighboring school districts in order to FORCE the students into the schools they have destroyed?”

      It appears that you need to reenter the indoctrination camp aka Madison Schools; the MMSD’s policies (dominated by progressive democrats), the teachers unions (dominated by progressive democrats) and the teachers (dominated by progressive democrats) that are and have been running the schools and the district are not the problems here, the problem is the Republicans that want to change what they call a broken system.

      The MMSD, MTI and the teachers have lost control of the Madison schools, they refuse to admit their failure and they seem to think that doing the same thing and expecting different results is the fix. So, naturally their solution to them perceiving themselves as being racist will be to expand their current levels of pandering to a new higher level of pandering but now it will be race based pandering and active discrimination against whites.

      The deliberate dumbing down of America is complete, the system that educates our children is run by imbeciles.

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  4. That letter from Jennifer Cheatham, Superintendent Madison Metropolitan School District will enable the unstable racist mob of illogical anti-white bigoted social justice warriors in Madison that are already ruling the schools, this will make things worse not better.

    Did everyone notice the carefully planned progressive tactic that Jennifer used to imply racism without saying it when she squeezed this paragraph “The most recent incident at Whitehorse Middle School was especially horrific. No matter what comes out of the police investigation, there was a failure on our part. We will review every fact to understand what happened so that we can take aggressive action.” between two other paragraphs specifically talking about racism but she didn’t mention racism even once in the paragraph about incident at Whitehorse Middle School. I’m sorry David but I think using the phrasing of throwing the vice principal at Whitehorse under the bus is a gross understatement of what Cheatham did with her letter. That letter was intentionally pouring gasoline on an already flaming racist mob of illogical anti-white bigots, the vice principal at Whitehorse is just acceptable collateral damage in a move, obvious to me, to forward their agenda regardless of the consequences.

    I haven’t seen the evidence of the incident at Whitehorse Middle School so I don’t know if the vice principal is a racist, a child abuser, or if what happened in the incident was his fault, or if he did anything wrong. What I do know is that the Madison school district will pay dearly, in the form of uncontrollable school chaos, for this public lynching of the vice principal at Whitehorse before the investigation is complete and the blatant enabling of the racist mob of illogical anti-white bigoted social justice warriors.

    David,
    I have great respect for you trying your best to do something about bringing reality back to the Madison school district. The election is only the first major hurdle in this uphill battle.

    Personally, if I were still living in Madison right now I’d be removing my children from the schools and placing them elsewhere and leave the asylum to the insane since the insane are running the asylum anyway.

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  5. White Hills says:

    We just received communications from the school district… are you ready… that told all parents that they are inherently racist and only the district can put a stop to the racism. Absolutely unprofessional. Well, this kind of behavior used to be unprofessional. Actually, it used to be illegal. We used to have separation of church and state, until the diversity religion came along and took over all the institutions.

    Did the rest of you receive the communications?

    I don’t pay taxes to facilitate rogue bureaucrats to insult my family. Yet, here we are. I wrote them back and told them their communications are insulting, demeaning, and unprofessional.

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  6. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    ”The series of racial slur incidents that have occurred this school year and caused harm to Black students, their families, and our community are indefensible.”

    Madison/Dane County teachers are nearly, to a one, Lefties, and nearly, to a one, vote democrat.

    Cheat ’em (sic) thinks Madison/Dane teachers are RAYcist.

    Solve for “X.”

    The Gotch

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  8. madisonexpat says:

    Shorter version:
    We whites are racists. For some of us its unintentional.
    We’re polarized because Trump.
    We don’t know what happened but its horrific.
    Blah,blah blah for the children.
    We must stop telling some children what to do.
    Because tolerance.

    Jen (can someone please get me an editor?)

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  9. MMSD parent says:

    I may not agree with police officers in the schools or school vouchers, but I completely agree with restoring respect, accountability, and discipline in our Madison schools. I’m tired of watching my neighbors move to Verona. I’m tired of being called a racist, simply because I am white. I’m tired of the focus being on gaps created by uninvolved, unaccountable parents. I’m tired of the focus being taken away from my child’s education for underachievers and disruptive kids . I thought all kids deserved the same right to a great education. You have my vote David, and I vote mostly Democrat!

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    • Cheech says:

      Too funny. A citizen finally got white “woke,” as though it will make a difference. All hail Momma Doc and her administrative minions. Needed: more posters of Robert Mugabe and Haile Selassie.

      Change curriculum. Offer sports and music for 8 hours each day, supplemented by AP Weed classes. Issue diplomas upon entrance. Limit PhD’s to the top 80% of the graduating class.

      As the Ancient’s proclaimed, “Ya mon, the best of all possible worlds.” Redemption Song

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    • MMSD parent wrote, “I’m tired of being called a racist, simply because I am white.”

      Racist: a person who shows or feels discrimination or prejudice against people of other races simply because of their race.

      The full significance of their words and actions are clear to the those listening, although that full significance is completely unknown to them. In other words it’s very ironic that they are calling you a racist simply because you’re white because in reality it is self evident that they are the ones that are the true hate filled racists.

      What they’re doing is psychologically projecting their own racism upon those that they’re racist against in an effort to falsely rationalize their own racist based hate and they’ve been brainwashed into believing that their feelings, no matter what they are, are the only truth and override everything else. These people are evidence of the deliberate dumbing down of America.

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    • MMSD parent wrote, “I may not agree with police officers in the schools”

      I don’t have a problem with not having police officers in the individual schools that do not have a problem with violence and illegal activity in the school, otherwise their placement is completely appropriate. Police officer presence in a school does not cause the problems, their presence can deter some problems, their presence gives them the ability to react to active violence quicker than calling 911. The only disadvantage to their presence in schools is the false perception of police officers that’s being painted by ignorant, bigoted, and sometimes overtly racist social justice warriors.

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    • Yup Tom, I’ve read that one before.

      What’s become clear to me is that the progressives that are pushing the arguments that racism explains everything are completely morally bankrupt, and I do mean completely! These morally bankrupt progressives are only interested in one thing, absolute power. Absolute power for progressives can only be achieved by absolute destruction of that which opposes the same progressive ideology that progressives cannot sell to the public. So what do progressives do, they promote an antiism, which I call antiology (see below), based agenda and demonize their opposition as evil. What’s their primary tools for that demonization right now, emotional propaganda, irrational tribalization, and their #1 tool for demonization since January 20, 2009, immoral race baiting.

      ANTIOLOGY
      Antiology is derived from the following words:

      anti: opposed to; against.
      ology: a subject of study; a branch of knowledge.

      Definition
      1) a distinctive doctrine, theory, system, or practice of being anti, or being opposed, against; an -ism.
      2) the study of being opposed to; against.
      3) against the study of; against gaining knowledge.

      The newest form of political ideology in the United States that is not FOR anything they are only AGAINST, it’s called political antiology.

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  10. Ana Itat says:

    The Madison school board and the superintendent need to think about thhe following questions:
    1. Is your current behavior plan helping students who continually disrupt classrooms and refuse to obey instructions by a teacher? What does it do to the students who are not disrupters?
    2. Would you be more afraid of lawsuits from parents and teachers claiming unsafe workplace and failure to uphold a disruption free learning environment than you are of social justice warriors yelling racism? Maybe parents and teachers should organize to initiate such lawsuits and help you define your fears.
    3. Is reenforcing a culture of victim hood your ultimate goal in teaching self reliance? If you believe that more students of color face discipline because white teachers are racists, do you also believe more men than women are in jail because we live in an anti man culture?

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