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


First-gen students at elite colleges go from lonely and overwhelmed to empowered and provoking change

Fourth conference of IvyG network is a far cry from the first one

A stained glass window depicts the University Greys, a group of Ole Miss students who left school to fight in the Confederate Army. They suffered 100 percent casualties.

A university grapples with its links to slavery and racism

Ole Miss puts plaques acknowledging injustices committed by slave-owning ‘heroes’ near buildings named for confederate leaders, but students want more

Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho talks with a school board member after he announced he will turn down a job offer to become head of the New York City schools on March 1, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Mr. Carvalho made the announcement to not become New York City's schools chancellor during an emergency School Board meeting that had been called to discuss the news of the job offer.

Analysis: Children first? Once again, egos and politics obscure education issues

Miami-Dade superintendent spurns chance to lead NYC schools

The Capitol, Washington, D.C.

OPINION: Does the Trump budget proposal force the U.S. to pick winners and losers among its children?

Congress must restore funding for these critical education programs

The dedication ceremony of the LGBTQ Rainbow Freedom Flag at The Stonewall National Monument, marking the first time the LGBTQ Rainbow Flag will be displayed permanently in New York City.

Christian conservatives are trying to turn bigoted policies into higher education law

Discrimination cannot be disguised as religious freedom


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Students conduct a protest during at Franklin Field on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Teachers, how does it feel to be oppressors?

A teacher literally stepped on children to “teach” them about slavery

A program helps low-income parents graduate at twice the rate of other community college students

Graduation rates in Arkansas have improved for all racial groups under this program

New York City Deputy Mayor Richard Buery greets Chirlane McCray, the city’s first lady, at the awards ceremony and celebration in honor of Black History Month at the American Museum in New York City on February 23, 2017.

OPINION: Black-led schools matter

The myth of invisibility — a year of reflection on racism in education reform