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

Sinking to knees, Mrs Mamie Bradley weeps as body of slain son, Emmett Louis Till, 14 arrives at Chicago Rail Station.

Mississippi’s darkest days on display in new museums

New Civil Rights Museum goes where public schools, textbooks don’t

Vivian W. Pinn, M.D., Senior Scientist Emerita NIH, speaks at the dedication ceremony of a building renamed Pinn Hall in her honor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, VA. 

Removing racist monuments is about making history, not erasing it

We need to memorialize more statues of trailblazers such as physician Vivian Pinn

San Quentin inmate Anthony Anderson holds the essay he wrote, addressing future students in the program's English classes.

What does college look like in prison?

Educational courses in prison can lower recidivism rates

Modesto, California — Afternoon kindergarten teacher Margaret Peralez helps, from left, Cesar Mackan, Monserrat Mendoza and Cristian Bustamante with Spanish reading while morning class teacher Maria Mota leads intensive English vocabulary instruction in the background.

TEACHER VOICE: What we’re all ignoring about the stubborn achievement gap for Latino students

Classroom methods that won’t fail our English learners

Civil Rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, August 1964.

OPINION: Fannie Lou Hamer survived a prison beating, taught black people their rights and stood up to a president

So why don’t more students know about this Mississippi Civil Rights heroine?

Betsy DeVos appears before the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions for her a January confirmation hearing.

Gouged by for-profit schools, students could soon be out of luck

Education Secretary DeVos criticized over lack of protections, loan forgiveness

Backpacks hang from the wall in a New Orleans school.

OPINION: Not every black person’s story invokes urban poverty and dire need

The pernicious and misguided bigotry in education that no one talks about

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Latino college students are falling behind whites and blacks, new research shows

Hint: it’s not just differences in academic prep

In this file photo, a pre-K student completes a writing assignment.

New research says schools don’t matter much in helping kids climb the economic ladder

Supporting education while neglecting everything else is a fantasy

LISTEN: How districts are getting away with keeping black students out

Podcast explores how segregation is getting worse

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