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by Mike Nichols and Ike Brannon

The University of Wisconsin System is supposed to be one of the state’s most effective paths to helping children of lower- and working-class households join the middle class. Unfortunately, it’s not working out that way.

Less than two-thirds of students who started in the fall of 2006 graduated from any UW school within six years, and graduation rates for Wisconsin’s African-American community are particularly troubling.

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