Jun 11, 201412:01 PMBlaska's Bring It!
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Kaleem Caire to renew push for Madison Prep charter school
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There is good news in Madison today. Kaleem Caire will announce sometime within the next two weeks his new challenge, that being with a childhood development organization in (even better news) Madison. His organization is called One City Early Learning Centers.
He and wife Lisa Peyton Caire had seriously considered leaving Madison, for personal family reasons mainly. But they have decided to stay and fight it out here. Madison’s gain.
The former Urban League president says he will renew his quest for a charter school attuned to minority achievement — probably after the fall elections. Madison School Board member Mary Burke, he says, remains a supporter (she donated $2.5 million of her own money to the effort)
but doesn’t want the issue to roil her bid for governor as a Democrat, to whom education reform is toxic. That’s not bold leadership. [See comment below.] Mary Burke is in a unique position to recast the Democrat(ic) Party away from its congenital kowtowing to the public sector unions toward the reform of the La Follettes (who brooked no public sector unions). But she is naturally timid and cowed by the party bosses.
Can anyone say Burke would be a transformative, game-changing governor? Instead, we’re seeing a party boss-driven version of Jim Doyle II — only less colorful. Is Mary’s lipstick beige?
What could be less La Follette than the party bossism now encrusting the Democrat(ic) Party? The party central committee has excluded my man Brett Hulsey, endorsed in the lieutenant governor’s race (more here) and, apparently, in the Iowa-Richland County State Senate race (about which).
On a personal note, the Caires have endured more than their share of turmoil. Their son Jabari, age 20, was viciously beaten May 6 by a young thug over a trivial matter — just two hours after the perpetrator’s release from jail on a previous charge. Jabari sustained a horribly fractured skull. Kaleem says full recovery will take two years. Meanwhile, the (alleged) attacker has been released on a $1,000 bond — that after having walked out on another bond! (More here.)
Kaleem Caire speaks knowledgeably and with compassion about the criminal culture that spawned the (alleged) attacker who, in same ways, is also a victim. The incident points up a hard reality: The victims of social disintegration of the black family overwhelmingly are other black people.
Caire also says his wife has paid the price for his brave stand against the intransigence of the teachers union (which effectively vetoed his proposed Madison Prep charter school because it would have been non-union) by being denied positions for which she had rated highly qualified. Caire has also been hurt by his willingness to work with and speak to conservatives and libertarians.
Madison is very much into Joe McCarthy-ite guilt by association.