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

Faced with the domestic terrorism at Charlottesville, Betsy DeVos fails another test

Our nation’s top education official refuses to condemn white supremacy

Pathways to jobs of the future opening via summer STEM programs

Muhlenberg College is one of many campuses hosting research-intensive programs

An urban charter school achieves a fivefold increase in the percentage of its black and Latino graduates who major in STEM

Diversifying the science and tech pipeline by increasing rigor and convincing colleges to share their secrets with high school students

OPINION: Trump’s Justice Dept. “would better serve students by focusing on legitimate threats to students’ civil rights”

Let’s hope reports of efforts to challenge race-conscious admissions are a false alarm

America has never had a merit-based system for college attendance

The new Justice Department plan against affirmative action takes us back a century or more

Analysis: Trump’s Justice Dept moves to protect whites in college admissions

Hechinger reporters weigh in on the news with history, case law and research

Rising popularity of dual-language education could leave Latinos behind

In D.C., native English speakers clamor for a program once designed for Latino immigrants. Who should get priority?

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New study finds that multiracial high schoolers show no test score gap with white students

While destroying claims to racial superiority, the results also open the way to damaging black schools

Buffalo shows turnaround of urban schools is possible, but it takes a lot more than just money

Black and Latino students have seen the most dramatic improvements, significantly narrowing the graduation gap with their white peers

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