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

When Trump proposed a wall and California tore one down

Prop 58 bilingual, dual-language programs improve education prospects for all kids. Next stop: finding teachers

Schoolchildren “have a lot of questions and a lot of fear” in aftermath of Trump victory

Teachers rush to reassure students put on edge by President-elect Trump

New faces on campus: Students of all races welcome first black presidents to largely white colleges

Since 2013, seven small, highly selective liberal arts colleges not known for diversity have for the first time chosen college presidents who are black— just as students are demanding a better racial mix on their campuses.

How failing to get more Hispanics to college could drag down all Americans’ income

New research warns the persistent education gap endangers the entire national economy

Do black students really need college to get high paying jobs?

An educator bets a school focused on tech careers, not college, will launch students of color to the middle class


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VIDEO: “Most teachers claim we can’t learn because we don’t have resources like books”

How segregation is lived today in the Mississippi Delta

What happens when two separate and unequal school districts merge?

Forced to consolidate, two school districts in rural Mississippi reimagine desegregation