And Kaleem Caire gets righteous!
Does this sound like the Madison school district we all know and love:
The Madison School Board is set to approve another three-year contract with Schools of Hope at the end of the month despite expressing disappointment with the program’s lack of identifiable success in improving academic performance.
“Lack of identifiable success” but we want more of it. That’s the Madison school district way!
Negassi Tessfamichael reports in The Capital Times on yet another of Supt. Jennifer Cheatham’s failures:
The Schools of Hope tutoring program provides literacy tutoring, primarily for students from low-income backgrounds and students of color. …
“It’s really difficult after all of these years to look and see no academic improvement in outcomes, and it’s not because people aren’t working hard or don’t have the right intentions or all of these things,” said board member Mary Burke.
Rules? We don’t need no stinkin’ …
Catching up with the May 20 Madison Board of Education monthly meeting because your Squire was floating down the Danube River.
One Mahnker Dahnweih, Freedom Inc.’s “community power-building coordinator,” is wearing a shirt that reads “Black Queer Feminist.” She gets thanked for her “service to the community” even though she refuses to relinquish the microphone after her allotted 3 minutes.
She informs new school board president Gloria Reyes that “I’ll sit down when I’m finished” and by Gawd, that’s only when she does — after 7 minutes and 13 seconds of F-bombing and demanding cops out of school because they enjoy “an imbalanced power dynamic.” (Well, yeah!) Can’t cut the microphone?
School Board can’t enforce its own rules at a meeting; no wonder the classrooms are in chaos.
Kaleem Caire’s righteous anger
Then yet another Freedom Inc. warlord is announced, that being gender justice coordinator Bianca Gomez. That is when Kaleem Caire demands, “as a father of five” that “the cussing has got to stop.”
New board president Gloria Reyes insists Kaleem sit down and shaddup and he does after some to and fro with a hostile audience.
Now at the microphone, Gomez vows “No respectability politics” for Freedom Inc., an obvious dig at Caire. At least this time, Gomez didn’t shut down the meeting.
We posted Kaleem’s comments he posted after the May 20 meeting:
“I HAVE HAD ENOUGH! This evening, I sat in a Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education meeting only to listen yet again to a number of young people in middle and high school curse out and demean Madison School Board members in front of an audience of 200 people, and do so to the applause of other adults in the audience. I thought I was in the twilight zone.”
Teacher calls out Ali Muldrow
Worth also seeing East high school teacher (whose name I took to be Amy Garvoille) call out new board member Ali Muldrow for accusing the average MMSD teacher of racism. (“A rotten year: Madison teachers report from the classroom.”)
“Me and many of my colleagues were offended by the broad generalizations.”