On September 10, the Wisconsin Council on Children & Families highlighted the Race for Results: Wisconsin’s Need to Reduce Racial Disparities, a policy report recently published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that found that children of color face immense barriers to success in key categories of well-being, and that the status of African-American children in Wisconsin is the worst in the nation.
Here are three key facts regarding African-American and other children of color in Wisconsin.
- Thirty percent of Wisconsin’s white children live in households below 200% of the poverty level, while nearly 80% of African-American children experience that level of economic insecurity. Meanwhile, about two-thirds of Wisconsin’s Latino and American Indian kids live in households below 200% of the poverty line.
- White adults ages 25 to 29 are three times as likely to have an associate’s degree or higher than their African-American or Latino peers.
- White children are nearly six times more likely to be proficient in 8th grade math than their black fellow students.
I’d encourage you all to click the link I provided above to read the full report; it’s well worth it.