For years now I have chafed at Racine Unified's poverty excuse. Year after year, Racine Unified ranks as the worst of similarly sized school districts in Wisconsin. You might think this would cause some soul searching.
It doesn't. Rather, as the annual and predictably poor results roll in, it is time to blame poverty once again.
It is no doubt true that poverty presents learning challenges at home and especially at school. I write "especially" because I strongly suspect that the poor are typically stuck with the worst school districts. And crappy schools produce lousy results such as those we see year after year in Racine.
But Racine Unified whines that it is a victim of poverty.
It is too bad there isn't an institution in town tasked with preparing children to function properly as adults in society.
Oh wait, there is such an institution and it has been around for several decades. It is called Racine Unified.
Perhaps it is time to consider to what extent Racine Unified is the cause of the poverty that they now use to excuse their continual and predictable failings. Don't look for Racine Unified to lead the way on that inquiry.