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.


Latest Race and Equity stories and voices

TEACHER VOICE: How I’m breaking up long-held stereotypes via scuba diving

When students at my predominantly Black high school in Mississippi discovered that I had received my scuba certification, almost all of them bombarded me with questions — and comments. “So, Black people really do that?” “I didn’t know you could swim.” They were shocked, surprised and in a state of excited disbelief. There was awe,…

COLUMN: What rational parents must do to combat education conspiracies

Recently, the right-wing magazine The Federalist published a warning to parents in the form of a conspiratorial, unhinged and poorly supported op-ed titled, “If The Left Ends Parent Rights, You Might Need A License To Raise Your Own Child.” In the piece, author Stella Morabito built on the hysteria around critical race theory to forewarn…

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