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

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

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

VIDEO: Using the Black Lives Matter movement to train white teachers

In Rochester, educators are trying to close the achievement gap with anti-racist education

Trevion Williams (left) and Jashun Griffith (right), both 13, students at Crystal Springs Middle School in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, chat at the Haley Farm lake gazebo.

A ‘civil rights camp’ teaches kids a history they’re not learning in school

Mississippi teens travel to Tennessee to learn about activism and the Civil Rights Movement

The districts that use outdated textbooks to teach about the Civil Rights Movement

A map of Mississippi districts using old books in high school history courses

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An exhibit at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Students around the state say education on the Civil Rights Movement is lacking in schools.

Why students are ignorant about the Civil Rights Movement

Mississippi’s outdated textbooks teach an abbreviated version of civil rights, undermining the state’s new ‘innovative’ standards

OPINION: We must acknowledge the connection between race, trauma and mental health

Here are four ways educators can help students in preschool through high school

When Dustin Gordon arrived at the University of Iowa, he found himself taking lecture classes with more people in them than his entire hometown of Sharpsburg, Iowa, population 89.

The high school grads least likely in America to go to college? Rural ones

Fewer than one in five rural adults aged 25 and older have college degrees, federal data show

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