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

City Year volunteer Shawn Wiyninger greets a student at Webster High School.

How a dropout factory raised its graduation rate from 53 percent to 75 percent in three years

School partnerships at a Tulsa high school combine relationship-building with data analysis to boost graduation rates

A school bus drops off a student in front of the Claiborne Bridge in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Tolerating failing schools in New Orleans — so long as they’re for black kids

The post-Katrina education reform shook up the school system; it’s time to do it again

How a struggling school for Native Americans doubled its graduation rate

Infusing Native culture into the curriculum and drawing on local leadership makes all the difference

Members of the BizTech Challenge winning team (from left to right): Rashad Pierre, senior, business management major; Nathan Morrison, senior, mechanical engineering and supply chain management; Ashley Lewis, sophomore, electrical engineering; and Polite Stewart, Jr., senior, mechanical engineering and physics.

When a dollar and a dream isn’t enough

Venture capitalists must support black-run start-ups by going to where the black people are

Segregation in Steel Valley: How these Pittsburgh-area elementary students are separated by race and academic performance

This story was produced by PublicSource, a Pittsburgh-area news outlet focused on in-depth and investigative reporting. PublicSource focuses on education, health, the environment, public safety and social justice issues.…

Great Hall, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

OPINION: Five reasons colleges can enroll more low-income students

New findings in a growing body of research

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

Black colleges can revive American cities

Historically black colleges and universities help boost incomes in their towns

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Sinking to knees, Mrs Mamie Bradley weeps as body of slain son, Emmett Louis Till, 14 arrives at Chicago Rail Station.

Mississippi’s darkest days on display in new museums

New Civil Rights Museum goes where public schools, textbooks don’t

Vivian W. Pinn, M.D., Senior Scientist Emerita NIH, speaks at the dedication ceremony of a building renamed Pinn Hall in her honor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, VA. 

Removing racist monuments is about making history, not erasing it

We need to memorialize more statues of trailblazers such as physician Vivian Pinn

San Quentin inmate Anthony Anderson holds the essay he wrote, addressing future students in the program's English classes.

What does college look like in prison?

Educational courses in prison can lower recidivism rates

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