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. In our ongoing coverage of education, The Hechinger Report explores how white students are given advantages every step of the way, how racism is woven into the system — from the way schools are funded to the material students are taught — and what’s being done to make change.

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COLUMN: Teachers need to talk about Breonna Taylor

No one has been held accountable for the killing of Breonna Taylor, another innocent victim of police, who shot her at least five times in the hallway of her home during the disastrous execution of a search warrant. A grand jury declined to indict the two police officers who killed Taylor, 26, in her Louisville […]

A parent-led effort to close the digital divide

When the Clark County School District in Las Vegas announced it would be staying entirely remote this year, mother and education advocate Valeria Gurr was immediately concerned about how the decision would affect low-income and Spanish-speaking families, especially those with students who are English language learners. She worried that the district might fail to provide […]

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STUDENT VOICE: A new normal from the bottom up

Will education return to normal after the Covid-19 pandemic and protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd and the shooting of Jacob Blake? As a Black teenager from Oakland, California, I hope not. The events of the last few months have provided all of us in this country with a tremendous opportunity. By addressing […]


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