The Markup found the state’s decade-old dropout prediction algorithms don’t work and may be negatively influencing how educators perceive students of color
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In Wisconsin, do evictions stay on your record for 20 years?
Yes. Under Wisconsin Supreme Court rules, records of small claims cases — which include evictions — are kept for 20 years. Dismissed small claims cases, however, are removed from the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access website after two years.
Wisconsin imprisons 1 in 36 Black adults. No state has a higher rate.
A new Sentencing Project report confirms the state’s deep racial disparities in incarceration, which one advocate calls ‘a slap in the face.’
Homeownership gap for people of color in Wisconsin is wide; communities, nonprofits try to close it
Historical redlining, racial covenants and modern-day barriers including lower incomes keep most residents of color in Wisconsin from owning homes
Wisconsin’s black-white achievement gap worst in nation despite decades of efforts
Students like Demitrius Kigeya thrive in Wisconsin despite the worst black-white achievement gap in the nation. The state ranks the worst in the nation for the difference between how well black and white students perform, the likelihood that black students will be suspended from school and the difference between black and white student graduation rates.
How to investigate achievement gaps in your local schools
Investigate achievement gaps in your local schools to seek solutions.
Critics say Wisconsin going backward on achievement gap
In the past year, the Republican-run state Legislature, with the blessing of Gov. Scott Walker, eliminated the state’s race-based integration program and made changes to a class-size reduction program in moves that critics charge will harm the state’s ability to close the achievement gap.
Local solutions integral to closing gaps, top education official says
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism reporter Abigail Becker sat down in October with state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, Department of Public Instruction spokesman Tom McCarthy and the agency’s Director of Education Information Services John Johnson.
Experts: Drug choice, not race, fuels disparities in Wisconsin drug courts
According to a recent study by Washington University in St. Louis, 90 percent of heroin users are white, and most are young and live in the suburbs. By contrast, hospital studies show that African-Americans are much more likely than whites to abuse cocaine. And one University of Wisconsin-Madison expert said heroin addicts tend to commit less violent crimes than those on cocaine; many drug courts exclude violent offenders from participating. The result: Some drug courts, such as the one in Dane County, are now full of white heroin users.
Wisconsin drug courts grow, but racial disparities persist
In 2012, about one-third of those arrested for drug crimes in Dane County were black, according to the state Office of Justice Assistance. But African-Americans made up just 10 percent of those participating in the county’s drug court that year, according to Journey Mental Health, a Madison nonprofit that provides treatment and case management for the program.
Feds holding back on loan mod records
Housing advocates and media organizations have been waiting more than a year for demographic data on who’s getting mortgage modifications through a government program.
Racial disparities in Wisconsin arrests
The situation facing Dane County indicates a problem that pervades the whole state.