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When a major Wall Street investor and the CEO of a fast growing chain of charter schools get together for a chat, what do you suppose they talk about? Well that’s obvious. They talk about the kids of course, and their shared dream of *crushing* the achievement gap in order to put those kids on a path leading straight to 21st century skills and success. In fact, when an executive from Prudential Financial and the CEO of the UNO Charter Schools in Chicago conversated this spring, the kids were topic #1. Let’s listen in, shall we?
Actual transcript of conversation between Juan Rangel, CEO, UNO Charter Schools and Steven Levy, Vice President, Prudential Financial.***
Rangel: Hello. And thank you for taking the time to speak with me today about the kids. Levy: While I am very busy, I can always make time to talk about the kids because, as I like to say, it’s all about the kids. Rangel: Would you like to hear about the various ways that UNO is *crushing* the achievement gap and putting kids on a path to 21st century skills and prosperity? Levy: Boy, would I! I am investing in the future of minority kids in Chicago because I dream of a day when the financial services sector will not be dominated by the children of prosperous white people. Rangel: How it pleases me to hear you say that, my brother. We are definitely on the same page when it comes to being in it for the kids. Levy: I know we’ve reached that awkward part of the conversation when we should really talk about the $37.5 million we lent you but, man, I almost hate to go there. I just want to keep on keeping on talking about the kids. You know what I mean?