To Our Valued Community…
A message about combating racism in our schools and in our community.
The Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools supports the work of Dr. Carlton Jenkins and the Madison Metropolitan School District to eliminate racism in our schools and in our community.
Each day, the Foundation strives to deliver resources to our district’s students, staff, schools, and families supporting ALL of our 27,000 scholars on their journey to graduate from high school ready for college, career and community involvement. The Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools is committed to engaging in anti-racist work in our schools and our community.
We urge you to read Dr. Jenkins messages to district families and “resolve to truly strive for human decency and to defeat the persistent pandemic of injustice.”
“Your lives matter, and you are loved”
A special message from Mo Cheeks
June 5, 2020 – Foundation Friday Series
April 14, 2021
Dr. Jenkins’ Statement on Daunte Wright to MMSD Families
Dear MMSD Families,
This week, our nation has experienced the continuation of injustice through another police killing of an unarmed Black man, Daunte Wright, in the Twin City metro area. Unfortunately, the proximity of this tragedy to the Minneapolis neighborhood where George Floyd was killed brought back echoes of the feelings which launched massive international protests last year. Adding to this cumulative trauma was recently released video footage of the disturbing treatment of Caron Nazario, a Black active lieutenant in the military, by law enforcement in Windsor, Virginia.
These, and similar, tragedies are reminders our nation is facing two pandemics. One of these is a global health pandemic known as COVID-19. The other is often nameless (but similarly destructive) pandemic, which is often identified by the names of people it has tragically and unjustly taken from us such as Sandra Bland, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.
What our nation is experiencing is a pandemic of injustice, which stands in stark contrast to the words stated in the U.S. Bill of Rights, “there can be no liberty in the absence of justice”. Addressing this pandemic will require every American to faithfully embrace every individual’s humanity as they pursue the constitutional aims of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. In order for our community and nation to thrive and turn our proclaimed ideals into reality, we must resolve to truly strive for human decency. This journey will require intentional conversations and actions which eliminate bias based on race, ethnicity, gender, disability status, sexual orientation, transgender status, home language, immigration status, religion, and economic status.
In the same way we have demonstrated our intentionality and ingenuity by developing COVID-19 vaccines, we must find the resolve and innovation to defeat the persistent pandemic of injustice. Each of us can play a role by not just calling-out, but calling-in, those who are failing to act justly towards other human beings. If we do not, I am fearful the continued devaluation of humans will cause our children to become more vulnerable and susceptible to trauma. Therefore, I challenge the Madison community to come together and embrace our roles as educators and caretakers of future generations. We need to listen constructively to all perspectives if we are serious about developing and refining plans for ending this pandemic of injustice. Our efforts could serve as a model of healing and uplift for the state, nation and the world.
Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Madison Metropolitan School District
August 26, 2020
Dr. Jenkins’ Letter to MMSD Families
Dear MMSD Community,
Today, I am writing to you with a heavy heart and with a wide array of emotions. In my thirty years as an educator, and 54 years of life, the horrifying events of racial injustice we have had to bear witness to this summer have been among the most challenging situations I have experienced. I have repeatedly stated “I don’t want to have the same conversations about safety with my African American grandson that my mother had with me”. We have to demand a just and equitable society for our children and the generations who follow!