Debate over Charter Schools

Friday, 18 January 2013 | A Public Affair

On Friday January 18th, host Esty Dinur invited two expert guests to discuss the pros and cons of Charter Schools. Esty spoke with Kaleem Caire, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison, and Jasmine Alinder, Board President of Parents for Public Schools of Milwaukee.

KaleemCaireKaleem Caire is a strong proponent for creating a Madison area charter school. According to their website, the Madison Preparatory Academy for Young Men and Madison Preparatory Academy for Young Women (Madison Prep), “are two proposed charter schools that will serve as a catalyst for change and opportunity. Our mission is to prepare young men and women for success at a four-year college or university by instilling excellence, pride, leadership and service. To achieve this mission, students will receive an education that: challenges them to develop mastery of basic and advanced knowledge, concepts and skills, deepens their understanding of and competence in science, technology, communications, and social innovation, builds their cultural competence, developing their ability to participate effectively and with significant awareness and understanding in their culture and the culture of others in the U.S. and abroad, provides them with a supportive peer group that values their abilities and desire to succeed in school and life and extends their network of support in school and in the communities where they live.”

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jasmineAlinderJasmine Alinder talked from a parent’s perspective as a mother of a child in Milwaukee Public Schools and as board President of Parents for Public Schools of Milwaukee. According to the group’s website, “PPS-MKE took root last spring as MPS parents turned out in record numbers to advocate for strong public schools and fight against the largest education funding cut in Wisconsin history. The $1.6 billion funding-cut approved in the 2011-13 biennial budget has affected districts across the state, decreased school staffing by more than 2,300 positions, and forced reductions in programs. Class sizes have increased significantly from 2011 to 2012. ‘Public education is the core of our democracy, and essential if we want to build a strong middle class,” said PPS-MKE Board President Jasmine Alinder. “MPS has been hit hard by this budget, and it’s time for parents to come together and fight for the educational civil rights of all of our children. Parents for Public Schools-Milwaukee, will help channel those parent voices,’ said Alinder.”

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