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.

A charter school faces the ugly history of school choice in the Deep South

In rural parts of the South, school choice has long been linked to private segregation academies opened for white families fleeing desegregation and busing. Mississippi’s first rural charter school challenges that legacy, but threatens the struggling traditional public schools most black children still attend

black teachers matter

Black teachers matter, for students and communities

We learn more from an integrated school staff than just the syllabus

black athletes

Black athletes have a trump card they are not using enough

What would happen if they wielded their economic and cultural power collectively?

OPINION: ‘I’d filled out the FAFSA incorrectly, and I assumed it was the end of my education. It wasn’t — because my principal cared’

Helping more underrepresented students, especially black and brown young men, to prepare for life after high school

historically underrepresented students

Flagship universities don’t reflect their state’s diversity

Across the country a gap persists between the number of black and Latino students graduating from state high schools, and the number enrolling in state flagship schools.

A school where character matters as much as academics

A Washington, D.C., charter school prioritizes students’ emotional development — and finds ways to grade them on it

College dreams often melt away in summer months. ‘Near-peer’ counseling is helping keep them alive.

Eight years in, a program that helps low-income students stay on track to college is spreading — and showing results

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teaching slavery

Slavery still shapes all of our lives, yet students aren’t taught its history

Glossing over America’s original sin means we can never overcome it

disproportionality in special education

New studies challenge the claim that black students are sent to special ed too much

Two quantitative studies find that black students are under-identified for disabilities at school

The cost of going back to school keeps rising

But the school supplies list should always have room for Toni Morrison

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