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It's hard to take pride -- no, it's impossible to take pride -- in having one of the highest high school graduation rates in the country when those same statistics also show the nation's largest racial gap in graduation rates.
Wisconsin is doing something terribly wrong.
We can clearly provide opportunities for academic success for white kids.
We are seeing increases in wages and household incomes for white families. Fewer white people are being arrested for crimes. And we as a state, our government, our institutions, our civic leaders, our concerned citizens have the widest racial disparities in test scores, economic health, incarceration and now graduation rates.
We acknowledge efforts to reduce disparities. They are not enough. We are not doing enough. We should be ashamed. And we should be outraged.