Slate visited Brown Deer, Wisconsin, to examine the challenges faced by a suburban school district that has become majority minority. “For now, Brown Deer is the only Milwaukee suburb where white students do not constitute a majority of the public school population—something not lost on its peers in whiter neighboring districts, some of whom have subjected Brown Deer’s students to racist taunts at athletic games and other events.”
“In the case of Brown Deer,” the article states, “an exodus of white and middle-class residents could leave the town with schools just as racially and socioeconomically segregated as Milwaukee’s. And that would be crippling. Because of the persistence of racism in America, overwhelmingly minority districts are more likely to receive fewer resources, suffer from lower expectations, and confront more concentrated poverty among students. And all students, particularly low-income ones, can benefit from diversity.”
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BROWN DEER, Wisconsin-When Jean and Bob Wells bought their first home 12 years ago, they had three priorities: affordability, someplace not too far north of Milwaukee, and a racially diverse school district for their two young kids.
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