While it is clear that too many Madison schools fail too many children, especially children of color, segregating students and perpetuating gender stereotypes will not turn a struggling educational system around. Every child deserves to be educated in a safe, challenging, and respectful environment where harmful stereotypes are not used to limit opportunities and diminish individual achievements. Providing an IB school available to underserved girls as well as boys could well be a step in the right direction. Providing that opportunity only to boys, in a segregated environment, would move education backwards – likely in violation of federal and state laws and the Constitution.
The complete letter that was sent to the Madison School Board is attached as a PDF.