Racine Unified claims that poverty is the cause of the districts dismal academic record. Let us examine that claim.
For the sake of argument, let us assume that the poverty stricken in Racine have $0 to spend on education.
With few or no exceptions, Racine Unified students live in homes with heat and electricity. They have enough food in their stomaches such that obesity is a big problem, while malnutrition is virtually non existent. They get a free education paid for by the government. For enrichment outside of school, there is a library, within walking distance of many, that offers free access to books and computers.
Everything is free. How can the lack of money be the cause of poor academic achievement?