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

Even though more than half of Mississippi’s public high school graduates in 2015 were African American, they only made up 10 percent of that fall’s freshman class at the University of Mississippi.

Many state flagship universities leave black and Latino students behind

Most sought-after public universities often don’t reflect their state populations, new Hechinger Report analysis shows

Tiana Young is a freshman at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where a racist Facebook post from a student in the alt-right group Turning Point left the African-American community shaken and frustrated by the school's lack of public response.

To attract more blacks and Hispanics to STEM, universities must address racial issues on campus

STEM universities aren’t doing enough to make students feel welcome and close racial gaps, students and experts say

Grambling State University President Richard Gallot, Jr. (pictured right) rides in the homecoming parade in Grambling, LA with his wife Christy Gallot and sons.

OPINION: Efforts to discourage black colleges’ growth would harm underserved economies

New study details HBCUs’ positive economic impact

The Founder's Library at Howard University in Washington, DC.

If black lives matter, so do historically black colleges and universities

A new film chronicles the history of the institutions that helped uplift civil rights

TEACHER VOICE: It’s time to shatter the silence about race

Five steps toward fostering change

Teaching kids how battles about race from 150 years ago mirror today’s conflicts

Project teaches students ‘triumph, victory and progress, as well as struggle’ during the Reconstruction era after the Civil War


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McMicken Heights Elementary School principal Alexandria Haas sits with second-graders during a morning activity developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Students take 20 minutes each day to work on social interactions and understanding their emotions.

Is the effort to curb strict discipline going too far, too fast?

One Washington State school district shows just how difficult it can be to quickly reduce suspensions without alienating teachers

A fundraising page was created to raise money to buy warm clothing for students in cold Baltimore schools.

Baltimore students need more than space heaters; they need justice

Trump’s infrastructure plan should start with the broken boiler systems in Baltimore’s public schools

Harvard Law grad helps low-income kids aim high

While many high schools push poor students toward less competitive college, this New York nonprofit helps to graduate kids from top-tier schools at remarkable rates