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

Cal students at UC Berkeley on Friday, April 10, 2015.

Stop condemning high schools for college graduation rates

It’s time colleges took some responsibility for students who leave early

In the America-first budget, schools come last

Trump’s education budget defunds public schools and universities, herds students toward private and charter schools

Isn’t desegregation a measure of educational quality?

Real reform begins early and accounts for racial and economic diversity

Video: Inside a jail school trying to treat kids like scholars not criminals

A once notorious juvenile detention center in New Orleans gets a new school

OPINION: Is Lego’s new space series missing a teachable moment?

Remembering Christa McAuliffe and helping children learn

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What can Betsy DeVos really do?

Experts on left and right assess possibilities for expanding school choice and limiting the work of the Office for Civil Rights

Throw me some beads, mister!

Mardi Gras Day teaches Black kids that beauty can come from oppression

It’s not who controls the schools that matters, it’s whether they care about equity

New Orleans has had plenty of school choice in the last decade, but vulnerable students have been left behind

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