Race and Equity

Over 50 years since the Civil Rights Era, there is perhaps no issue in American education more intractable or more painful than the persistent gaps in educational outcomes between black and brown students and their white peers. Racial disparities endure at every level of the system and are only compounded for boys. We will explore the root causes and look for solutions using research, data and on-the-ground reporting. See all our Special Reports

Anthony Rodriguez and Juneba Sulaiman both passed a college-level statistics class last summer after a placement exam indicated they weren’t ready for college-level math.

The community college “segregation machine”

Too many black and Latino students get stuck in remedial classes, thwarting college dreams

Along with demonstrators, supporters of President Donald J. Trump showed up for the opening day of the new civil rights museum; one supporter looks at a list of those who were lynched. 

Never mind Trump’s visit — Mississippi’s new Civil Rights Museum is a real game changer for education

State’s racist history revealed in unsparing detail: ‘It hurts my heart’

Charter school leaders are complicit with segregation, and it’s hurting their movement

Proponents of charter schools have bought into the watered down notion of inclusion

KIPP players on the sidelines at their game against Sophie B. Wright game.

City that loved and lost high school football finally gets it back

After ripping up an entire school district, charter schools try to mend fences by reviving Friday night lights

City Year volunteer Shawn Wiyninger greets a student at Webster High School.

How a dropout factory raised its graduation rate from 53 percent to 75 percent in three years

School partnerships at a Tulsa high school combine relationship-building with data analysis to boost graduation rates

A school bus drops off a student in front of the Claiborne Bridge in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Tolerating failing schools in New Orleans — so long as they’re for black kids

The post-Katrina education reform shook up the school system; it’s time to do it again

How a struggling school for Native Americans doubled its graduation rate

Infusing Native culture into the curriculum and drawing on local leadership makes all the difference

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Members of the BizTech Challenge winning team (from left to right): Rashad Pierre, senior, business management major; Nathan Morrison, senior, mechanical engineering and supply chain management; Ashley Lewis, sophomore, electrical engineering; and Polite Stewart, Jr., senior, mechanical engineering and physics.

When a dollar and a dream isn’t enough

Venture capitalists must support black-run start-ups by going to where the black people are

Segregation in Steel Valley: How these Pittsburgh-area elementary students are separated by race and academic performance

This story was produced by PublicSource, a Pittsburgh-area news outlet focused on in-depth and investigative reporting. PublicSource focuses on education, health, the environment, public safety and social justice issues.…

Great Hall, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

OPINION: Five reasons colleges can enroll more low-income students

New findings in a growing body of research

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