The citizens of the greater Racine area should be alert to Motion 409 that was approved by the State Joint Committee on Finance and will be voted on this week.
The motion would adversely effect the children and property owners of our area. It would provide the communities of Mount Pleasant, Caledonia, North Bay and Wind Point the path to secede from Racine Unified.
The children of Racine and surrounding communities would be disadvantaged by segregating Racine with a larger proportion of minority and disabled student from the communities with a higher proportion of white children. Both populations would lose by reduced interaction between all children. The diversity of our district reflects our larger society.
Property owners loose in two ways. One by the greater amount of taxes it would take to support schools in the smaller districts. Two, the City of Racine would become a district with a higher concentration of students with greater needs and a lower tax base to address those needs . The result would discourage families from buying homes in the City of Racine with the resulting decrease in home values for all property owners.
A strong and publicly elected Unified is vital for the health of our entire region.