School Choice & Charters Opinion

The Single-Gender Argument in Madison

By Richard Whitmire — December 08, 2010 1 min read
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Interesting discussion there around a proposed charter school aimed mostly at African American boys. These schools tend to have a good track record, but how much of that is due to admissions skimming and shedding unsuccessful students?

Therefore, I’m still looking for the perfect argument for going in that direction. You don’t need that school to find an IB curriculum; nor do you need it to find a diverse population. So what is the rationale?

This proposal, which includes a non-union staff, is a tough sell in liberal, pro-union cities such as Madison, which elevates the need to settle on the ideal argument for why it should happen.

From the Cap Times

Local attorney and former Wisconsin State Bar Association president Michelle Behnke spoke in favor of Madison Prep, saying both she and her now grown children attended Edgewood High School in preference over Madison public schools. "I am not a gambler," Behnke, who is black, said during her three minute appearance before the board. She noted that the statistics regarding academic success for minority students in Madison were so bleak that neither she nor her parents felt they could risk a public school education.

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