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.

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

OPINION: Do our divided schools look like a scene out of ‘Mean Girls’ — or a slide into white nationalism?

Students report that they 'want more hard conversations in class'

Toni Morrison

OPINION: Why every English teacher should assign Toni Morrison

Through her works, we come to know ourselves and our country better

immigrants

We are a nation of migrants, not a collection of diplomas

The rush to embrace only highly educated immigrants reveals our classist elitism

Indianapolis schools

An innovative school leader rethinks education for kids of color in Indianapolis

A former principal in Noble and KIPP charter schools is taking a different tack in a proposed high school

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poverty in schools

A school administrator tries to shame poverty away

The pervasiveness of poverty in schools demands real solutions

racist language

We should all ‘go back’ — to the American founding ideal of shared struggle, despite our differences

'Creating a more equitable and inclusive nation is essential to living up to our democratic ideals.'

Inside one school’s efforts to bridge the divide between white teachers and students of color

A Delaware high school strives to train teachers on culturally responsive practices — but not everyone is on board

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