LaToya Woods, a mother to three school-aged children in Milwaukee, was one of those parents. She shared her own education experience in a charter school busing program, a lonely one as the only Black student in her class.
“While the education was magnificent, the social and emotional aspects were not,” Woods said. “When I became a mother, I knew I wanted something different for my children.”
Woods spoke of her son, Ryan, a second-grader at Rocketship Transformation Prep. Ryan now thrives at a school where he has the support of Black teachers, reading well above his grade level, she said.
“I ask that you support closing the funding gap across all sectors of education in the state of Wisconsin, so that our schools can continue to close the achievement gap that has plagued our city,” she said.