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Sustainability- It’s More Than Going Green

Posted: 1:00PM August 31st, 2011 | Comments

Last week I heard Kaleem Caire from the Urban League of Greater Madison speak about Madison Prep, a proposed public, all-male charter school in the Madison Metropolitan School District.

The hope is that Madison Prep will address the problem of underachievement and academic failure experienced all to often by boys of color and those growing up in poverty. Mr. Caire presented some startling statistics on the changing demographics of MMSD schools. He informed his audience on the low rates of graduation, academic achievement and college preparedness for boys of color, particularly African Americans, as well as their overrepresentation in special education.

The Urban League has identified that in order to make Madison the "Best (Place) in the Midwest" it must work towards eliminating the achievement gaps and moving all children towards high academic performance and post-secondary and career success. And in doing so, the Urban Leauge is helping Madison become a sustainable community.

Sustainability is about more than "going green." As more and more communities engage in sustainable development, they are realizing that a sustainable community must address the full range of community needs such as housing, health care, recreation, public safety and, of course, education.

The Urban League of Greater Madison is boldly and creatively moving sustainability in Madison forward. Not only will Madison Prep be practicing sustainable community development through providing for a high quality of life and education for Madison's children, it is also providing for a more sustainable future through helping our youth become competent, creative and compassionate leaders able to address the challenges of the future.

To learn more about Madison Prep and see those startling statistics, check out their website at: www.madison-prep.org


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