Schools of Hope/Achievement Connections Leadership Team outlines successes and challenges

Schools of Hope/Achievement Connections Leadership Team outlines successes and challenges

The Schools of Hope/Achievement Connections Leadership Team held its semi-annual meeting last week and as always it is deserving of your attention. First of all the team, led by United Way of Dane County CEO Leslie Ann Howard and Madison School Superintendent Jen Cheatham continues to demonstrate the commitment of some of Madison’s most prominent community, business and academic leaders and thinkers. That commitment is so important to the sustainability of the work to close achievement gaps.

Second, the reports acknowledge successes without ever overlooking areas in need of continued or even new attention. Behavioral health initiatives, gaps in 9 th grade algebra, and upcoming high school reform were among the issues given special emphasis last week.

There continues to be good energy, enthusiasm and optimism about our schools within this important group of leaders. But if you would take one thing away from this editorial it would be the continued need for tutors and mentors for our kids. Tutoring works. The data shows that. But more tutors means reaching more kids. And we need to reach more kids. So many of you are in a position to help. You just need to call United Way and volunteer. We encourage you to do so.

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