Marquette University faculty member Martin Scanlan has written a solid essay on school segregation in Milwaukee, and the Journal Sentinel wisely put it above the fold in Sunday's Crossroads. I recommend it highly.
"We’re the most segregated cities in the country. We have the biggest splits -- we have the most segregated big cities in the country in our region in terms of black/white segregation -- in our region. So, it’s us, it’s Milwaukee, it’s Detroit. This hurts us economically in several ways. It hurts our reputation, certainly, and I can speak from our experience in Michigan. The Detroit area -- attractive? Split by race? You know, I’m not going there. Think of the lost human capital and potential that you have, when so many are trapped in concentrated poverty-- Milwaukee’s actually in the top 10% of the nation in terms of the largest number of African Americans living in concentrated poverty. They’re folks who aren’t connected to the economy, who aren’t contributing -- that’s an economic drain. It’s a reputational drain; it’s an economic drain; it’s a huge problem. And it’s our problem in the region."