Is anyone making more sense for Madison schools than Kaleem Caire?
Does anyone have a better track record than Kaleem Caire for not only advocating for minority students but actually doing something about it?
Who else has the moral stature, as president of the Urban League of Madison, as founder of One City Early Learning, as a service veteran and a black male role model? An indefatigable innovator who thinks outside the box. A fearless who refuses to accept excuses and demands performance. A native Madisonian with national education experience. A local treasure!
Madison public schools do not need another Jennifer Cheatham and her terribly “woke” guilty white-privilege excuses. Her tenure was nothing short of disastrous! Madison public schools need a leader like Kaleem Caire. This is his latest social media post:
Kaleem Caire calls for justice
for other teachers unfairly fired
Bravo to the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) Board of Directors and Administration for making the right decision to reverse Marlon Anderson’s termination.
MMSD’s reversal of the termination is step one in pursuing justice and fairness on this issue. We should not be satisfied until:
- MMSD hires an independent evaluator (a respected legal entity on civil rights and employment matters) to review each of its prior cases to determine if there were others who have been wrongfully terminated or encouraged to resign under the same misguided and lazy application of its non-discrimination policy.
- They reverse the terminations and make restitution to those who, following a formal independent review, are found to have been wrongfully or suspiciously terminated or forced to resign, and
- They inform the public how they have revised and reformed their policy and practice with regard to the use and admonition of racial slurs and epithets in our schools by students, faculty, staff and volunteers.
Doing these three things will serve the near-term and long-term best interests of MMSD, it’s students and staff, the general public who invests in our public schools, and other former employees who may have been unjustly terminated or forced out by MMSD. Taking these steps will also move our state’s second largest public school system from looking like mediators and harbingers of injustice to a system that values and works to ensure justice for all. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
And what about that high school senior who only has 5 credits? We need decisive and just action for our students, too. Their futures, and ours, depends on them being effectively supported, educated, treated fairly and held accountable to high expectations as well. Onward.