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Student Activities:

1. On pp. 4656 of the Bisbing research report, what are the main points of black respondents and white respondents? Summarize the white and the black response to each survey question in your own words.

2. “If they want kids at a certain school, the families should move there. It’s an expense for the public, I’m not for any of it.” (p. 83, response 3) What are the assumptions being made in this statement? Is this person considering all aspects of school choice?

3. “Forty percent of the Negro respondents and 11% of the White respondents were in favor of racial balance…” (p. 51). Why do you think the majority of African Americans did not want racially balanced schools? What evidence do you have from the verbatim comments and/or survey results?

4. Review tables 712 on pp. 5762. Choose one of the sample groups (geographic area, age group, or income group) and follow this group’s answers across all six tables. Do they make a pattern that you can name or recognize? List your observations.

5. Using these same tables, do you notice any differences within the African American community? Do the opinions vary by geographic area? By age? By income? By gender?

6. According to the 2000 Census, Wisconsin’s population is roughly 88% white, 6% black, 4% Hispanic, 1% Native American, and 1% other. Does your school reflect the racial and ethnic composition of Wisconsin? Why or why not? What factors do you think influence who lives in your neighborhood and goes to your school?

7. Imagine you are the administrator for the Milwaukee Public Schools. Based on the results of this survey and your background reading, what course of action would you recommend?

8th Grade Standards Addressed: 8.1, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5, 8.10, 8.12

12th Grade Standards Addressed: 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, 12.4, 12.5, 12.13, 12.18


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