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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Segregation by college major can lead to future job segregation

Before we had high-powered science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, academic departments with fancy laboratories, there was just teacher, student and basic apprenticeship. At Xavier University of Louisiana, as the STEM departments evolve, these same concepts of strong mentorship and applied learning keep Xavier president Reynold Verret oriented. “If you think about STEM, the…

Why aren’t flagship universities enrolling more of their own states’ Black students?

The following report is part of collaboration between NBCNews.com and The Hechinger Report focused on examining Black and Latino enrollment in flagship universities. ATHENS, Ga. — Uchenna Ihekwereme walked to the front row of the 150-person auditorium for a political science class at the University of Georgia. She sat down, as she always did, with her back to the…

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