Kaleem Caire, an educational activist, business leader, and founder and CEO of One City Schools on Madison’s south side, announced today his run for Madison Metropolitan School Board (MMSD). Caire will run for seat three in the 2019 election.
“I am running for school board because I want children to be the number-one priority in Dane County,” Caire said in a statement. “They deserve to have 21st-century schools that equip them for the future, and our teachers and school leaders need the support and tools to help our children succeed. I believe in change and I have the demonstrated experience and commitment to help us get there.”
Caire’s campaign will focus on building coalitions to create great schools for children. “We have to be inspired to get things done. We all have something to give, and I will be a leader who helps people find their place in this movement for 21st-century schools in our city. I am also not afraid to say ‘let’s do it’ and then bring people together to make it happen,” Caire said in a press release. “I have always been nonpartisan in my approach, and I always will be.”
Caire is currently managing One City Schools, on Madison’s south side. “I was born and raised in Madison and am a graduate of our public schools and our state’s flagship university,” Caire said in a statement. “My two oldest children graduated from West High School just like me, and I have a daughter and son that currently attend a Madison public high school and middle school. I am dedicated to them and their peers receiving an exceptional education.
“I understand the impact our children’s educational success has on their identity, sense of self-worth, future well-being and our region’s economy. I also understand that their path to success begins before kindergarten, with the families who are raising them,” he added. “If we want our Madison community to succeed, we must make our children our number one priority, from birth through high school graduation, and give them, their families and our schools the attention, encouragement and support they need and deserve. The success of our next generation and our city depends on it” Caire explained.
Caire’s campaign will kick off with him visiting neighborhoods to meet with parents, visiting schools to talk with children and teachers, and visiting with Madison’s diverse community groups and leaders.