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

A sculpture by artist Kwame Akoto-Bamfo, part of the Nkyinkyim Installation, of enslaved people in chains is shown after entering The National Memorial for Peace and Justice on April 20, 2018 in Montgomery, Al.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is a lesson students sorely need

Our history books don’t do enough to teach us America's dark past of lynching at the hands of white terrorists

Lande Ajose

OPINION: Latinos find the deck stacked against them in this state

Feeling the brunt of low wages and limited college access

20 judgments a teacher makes in 1 minute and 28 seconds

A researcher says 'micro moments' in the classroom reveal implicit biases, subtle racism and sexism

Nurse Polita Williams weighs 8-month-old Jamir during a home visit.

This program is proven to help moms and babies—so why aren’t we investing in it more?

How home-visiting could improve outcomes for at-risk children

Students walk on the campus of historical Morehouse College in Atlanta Ga.

We won’t have any black Mark Zuckerbergs or Bill Gates till we do this

Colleges that allow their students to also start businesses give them a boost

Segregation incarnated in brick and mortar

Where charter schools are built shows our commitment to integration

Suraya Buffong

STUDENT VOICE: ‘The youth movement extends beyond gun violence’

A high school program that uses history to make a difference

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Dominic, 3 and Zaire, 2, play while their moms take part in a conversation about bullying at a Family Scholar House Café Night.

These formerly homeless single moms beat the odds and are now college grads

They're hoping to give their children a better chance, too

Students at Barnard Elementary School in Washington, D.C., one of the first schools to desegregate after Brown. (Library of Congress)

OPINION: Six decades later, Brown v. Board of Education ruling is still only an aspiration

Integration ties the fate of poor, minority students to the white, privileged children who won’t get left behind

Bilal Walker

TEACHER VOICE: ‘As a young black male, I wish I’d had more teachers who looked like me’

Former student goes home to his Newark school to instruct others on perseverance, commitment, community service

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