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For African-American children seeking a better future, no state looks worse than Wisconsin.
A new national report shows that children of color face enormous barriers to educational and financial achievement — with Wisconsin ranking last in the disparity between white children and their non-white peers.
White children growing up in Wisconsin ranked 10th among the states in an index measuring 12 key indicators at various stages of life, including home situation, educational skills and income.
But Wisconsin ranks 50th for black children, 37th for Asian children and 17th for Latino children, according to the study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation titled “Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children.”
Wisconsin ranks with Michigan and Mississippi for the worst record on African-American achievement.
While alarming, the findings in the new Casey report are not new. The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families’ Race to Equity report, directed by Erica Nelson, recently identified the same sort of racial divide in liberal Dane County, one of the wealthiest counties in the state.
The Casey report found that 70 percent of Wisconsin’s white children live in households with incomes above 200 percent of the poverty level, about $47,700 annually for a family of four. At the same time, only 20 percent of black children have that level of economic security.
For Latino and Native American kids in Wisconsin, about a third come from households above the 200 percent of the poverty level.
On higher education, white adults ages 25 to 29 in Wisconsin are three times as likely to have an associate’s degree or higher than their African-American or Latino peers.
And among middle school students, white kids are six times more likely to be proficient in 8th grade math than black students.