Recently, Governor Walker delivered his sixth State of the State Address emphasizing improvements in the job market, the state budget, and education. With regard to education, Governor Walker stated that “Our school students are doing well overall,” and pointed to statistics about improved reading scores among 4th graders in the state. Of course it is […]
As I reflect on Martin Luther Kings’ legacy, and the distance that we have travelled over the 52 years since his “I Have a Dream Speech,” I am struck by how much farther we have to go, as a nation, and as a state. A recent study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation showed that […]
In a Wisconsin State Journal article on Sept. 2, the first day of school for the 2014-15 school year, a number of changes for the Madison Schools are highlighted. Notable among them is a change in the student discipline code that can hopefully keep more youth in the classroom and reduce the number of youth […]
It probably comes as no surprise that there are substantial disparities in wealth between Whites, Blacks and Hispanics. However, figures released last week by the Census Bureau drives home the point by documenting the extent of those disparities and showing how the gaps have been growing over the past decade. As I wrote in today’s […]
The overall infant mortality rate in Wisconsin has declined slowly over the past two decades, but our state continues to have an alarmingly high infant mortality rate among African-Americans. Although the infant mortality rate for African-Americans has dropped significantly in Wisconsin since the early 2000s, it is nearly double the state’s overall average and almost […]
Race for Results, a new policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, shows that children of color face immense barriers in nearly every category of well-being, and the status of African-American children in Wisconsin is the worst in the nation.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day of celebration of the life of the man, his leadership and the founding of a movement that is fundamentally and irrevocably changing the character of this country. And despite the profound inequities that still persist between African Americans and Whites in our nation, state, and county, today should not only be a time where we reflect on the great distance we still have to travel on the road to racial and economic justice.