Kaleem Caire

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Kaleem Caire is running for School Board Seat 3

What is the biggest challenge facing Madison schools?

“Madison’s 53-year achievement/opportunity gap is its greatest challenge right now, but retaining teachers and principals, engaging families more deeply in our schools and the education of their children, and holding all of our students to high expectations are tied for second place.”

Why are you qualified to help fix this problem?

“As the founder and leader of a public charter school in Madison, and the only person who would serve on the Madison School Board that has more than 25 years working in education from preschool through college, I have direct experience and success addressing these issues. We are closing the gaps at One City Schools, have more than 80 percent engagement from our parents and families, and are building a strong culture of excellence among our children and staff at our school.”

When it comes to fixing this problem, what’s more important to your vision: finding consensus (making everybody happy), reaching compromise (everybody gives up something), or sticking to principals?

“None of the above. What’s most important to me is doing what is best for our children. Instead of focusing on compromise “before” we determine what we are confronting, where a shared vision of [the district] can take us, and what resources and personnel we have to realize this vision, my hope is we will educate ourselves about the best ways to move forward, and be communicative with the public and our school and district admin teams. It’s important that we strike an appropriate balance between what’s reasonable and courageous, as we make decisions to benefit the children, employees and citizens of our school district as well, now and into the future.”

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  1. Candidates who promise to reduce or eliminate the achievement gap likely are not aware of data suggesting it may be hear to stay.
    In thinking about the achievement gap, it is useful to consider national trends in
    average test performance for students who take an internationally recognized
    test, such as the SAT, for example.
    As indicated in the table, below, the All Student average for SAT Critical
    Reading hasn’t changed materially in recent decades— true as well for average
    scores of groups classified by race/ethnicity, except for Asian-Americans, who have closed one reading achievement gap and opened another! They now lead the pack! How did they do it? Quien sabe.
    Table 1. SAT Critical Reading average selected years
    1987 ’97 2001 ’06 ’11 ’15 ’16
    507 505 506 503 497 495 494 All students
    524 526 529 527 528 529 528 White
    479 496 501 510 517 525 529 Asian
    436 Hispanic
    457 451 451 454 451 448 Mex-Am
    436 454 457 459 452 448 Puerto R
    464 466 460 458 451 449 Oth Hisp
    471 475 481 487 484 481 447 Amer Ind
    428 434 433 434 428 431 430 Black
    SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education
    Statistics.(2012). Digest of Education Statistics, 2011 (NCES 2012-001),
    Chapter 2. SAT averages for college-bound seniors, by race/ethnicity: Selected
    years,1986-87 through 2010–11 Data for 2015&2016 https://nces.ed.gov/fastfac.. . Note 2016 data were not provided for Hispanic subgroups.

    If SAT averages for the “cream of the academic crop” haven’t changed materially for almost 30 years, despite the effort, time and money expended to improve educational programs for all students, it seems reasonable to assume that we shouldn’t expect any meaningful change
    in average level of performance in this critically important ability in the foreseeable future.
    Which leads to the $64 question: what if the achievement gap is here to stay?
    Unless we can find a way to emulate Asian-Americans.

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