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Madison Prep to become independent school in Fall 2012

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Board of Directors of Madison Preparatory Academy decided Wednesday morning to commit to establishing the academy as an independent school in the Fall of 2012.

The board agreed to pursue a set of actions that will help the Madison Metropolitan School District eliminate the racial achievement gap.

Specifically, Madison Prep's Board has committed to partnering with the Urban League of Greater Madison to:

  • Work with the Madison Metropolitan School District to ensure MMSD has a bold and effective plan for eliminating the racial achievement gap that embraces innovation, best practices and community engagement as core strategies.
  • Evaluate legal options that will ensure MMSD affirmatively and immediately addresses the racial achievement gap.
  • Establish Madison Preparatory Academy as an independent school within the boundaries of the Madison Metropolitan School District in August 2012 as a model of whole school reform and a necessary education option for disadvantaged children and families.

"Madison Prep is a necessary strategy to show how our community can eliminate the achievement gap and prepare our most vulnerable students for college," said Madison Prep board chair David Cagigal.  "MMSD's rejection of our proposal does not change this fact."

Cagigal also said, "We look forward to engaging the Greater Madison community in addressing the racial achievement gap in Madison's public schools and supporting the establishment of Madison Prep next fall."

The Madison school board voted down the academy in a vote Monday night.

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