It's beginning to appear that among the many positive recent developments in strategic thinking around the state of Madison's public schools is a new level of trust. That trust was evident at Tuesday morning's joint meeting of the United Way of Dane County's Board of Directors and the Madison School Board.
First of all it remains significant that the elected school board members and the business and civic leaders on the United Way Board remain committed to working together. It is impressive to see the brain power in that room and hear the thoughtful and creative ideas for making sure every one of our community's kids is successful in school.
But Superintendent Jen Cheatham's Strategic Framework, and the school board's buy-in to that plan, and the United Way Board's commitment to early childhood intervention, family support and Schools of Hope plan, are allowing all partners to focus on what they do best. We believe that approach moving forward gives us the best opportunity to close the achievement gap and sustain a model, 21st century public school system.