WAUSAU ? Year after year, despite federal laws demanding school integration, we see studies that show Wisconsin is the most segregated state in the nation.

Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Route 51” host Shereen Siewert welcomes Christopher Norfleet, local activist and founder of People for the Power, and Tricia Zunker, Wausau School Board President and Ho-Chunk Associate Tribal Justice, to discuss why segregation is so pervasive in Wisconsin, and what can be done to change it, at 10 a.m. today, June 6.

Norfleet, who is black, will share his experiences living in a largely white community, along with suggestions for new educational programs that could help mitigate the problem for future generations. Zunker will talk about the role of education in ending segregation, and what local school boards can do to help foster understanding and acceptance among students.

“Route 51” airs at 10 a.m. Thursdays on The Ideas Network stations 101.3 & 91.9/Wausau, AM 930/Auburndale-Stevens Point, 99.1/Stevens Point, 100.9/Marshfield, 90.3/Park Falls, 89.1/Adams-Wisconsin Rapids, and 89.9/Rhinelander-Eagle River. It is re-broadcast Fridays at 7 p.m. on 90.9/Wausau. Program archives are available at wpr.org/route51.

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