The education system in the United States is not just inequitable, but racist in design, which has resulted in vastly different learning experiences for students of color. As a result of a system tied to local tax bases, schools in communities of color continue to be overcrowded, under-funded, and less-resourced with a lower percentage of teachers who have advanced degrees. In addition, communities of color experience less access to high quality pre-school and prohibitive costs to college and universities. Furthermore, Black students are subject to discriminatory disciplining practices that feed the school to prison pipeline.

The shelter-in-place policies that have been in effect, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, has exaggerated inequities for many students of color who are unable to receive meals, lan [...]

Discipline and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Imagining New Futures in Education

Institutional Practices and Tools

Key Sites

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Post K-12 Issues and Research

Post K-12 Issues and Research

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Resources for K-12 Teachers and Parents

Segregation and Integration

Testing, Student Outcomes, and Resource Access


“The ability to read, write and analyze; the confidence to stand up and demand justice and equality; the qualifications and connections to get your foot in that door and take your seat at that table − all of that starts with education.”

~ Michelle Obama, former First Lady


Making an Impact: Advancing Racial Equity in Schools – Race Forward

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