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

Lack of sufficient financial aid has forced Jocelyn Ramirez to work more than 40 hours a week and cut down on coursework so she can afford to stay in college.

Eligible for financial aid, nearly a million students never get it

States run out of money and aspiring low-income college students feel the pain

Speaking kids’ home language in pre-k could provide a lifelong advantage

Support for English learners in state preschool programs varies widely but tends to be lower than experts would recommend, new study says

The unseen obstacles facing undocumented college students

What will happen to immigrant students post-DACA?

Nettie Hunt and her daughter Nickie sit on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. Nettie explains to her daughter the meaning of the high court's ruling in the Brown Vs. Board of Education case that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional.

Any educational reform that ignores segregation is doomed to failure

A new report finds that such reforms only placate white people, don't bring equity

Are educational videos leaving low-income students behind?

High-income kids seem to benefit more from educational videos more than low-income kids, study shows

A sculpture by artist Kwame Akoto-Bamfo, part of the Nkyinkyim Installation, of enslaved people in chains is shown after entering The National Memorial for Peace and Justice on April 20, 2018 in Montgomery, Al.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is a lesson students sorely need

Our history books don’t do enough to teach us America's dark past of lynching at the hands of white terrorists

Lande Ajose

OPINION: Latinos find the deck stacked against them in this state

Feeling the brunt of low wages and limited college access

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20 judgments a teacher makes in 1 minute and 28 seconds

A researcher says 'micro moments' in the classroom reveal implicit biases, subtle racism and sexism

Nurse Polita Williams weighs 8-month-old Jamir during a home visit.

This program is proven to help moms and babies—so why aren’t we investing in it more?

How home-visiting could improve outcomes for at-risk children

Students walk on the campus of historical Morehouse College in Atlanta Ga.

We won’t have any black Mark Zuckerbergs or Bill Gates till we do this

Colleges that allow their students to also start businesses give them a boost

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