Madison’s newest micro school has just four students, but has a singular focus.
The school district says its new Anti-Racist Learning Laboratory focuses on systemic racism and racial profiling. School co-creator and UW professor Maxine McKinney De Royston, says the idea is to give black kids and other minority groups a sense of belonging. Madison schools are about 40 percent white, and 18 percent black. The four students don’t learn traditional lessons on math or reading, instead the micro school tries to work those lessons into other topics. The district is using coronavirus stimulus money to pay for the program, and it remains to be seen if the micro school will return next year.