Racial Equity and Community-Informed Policies

The K-12 Education team intentionally applies an explicit race and resource equity lens to our policy and research agenda. This means looking at potential impacts on communities who do not identify as white or who have large concentrations of families with low incomes, without conflating the two. We aim to set a standard where equity is not just a trendy concept, but rather one centered in all education policymaking and practice, and where institutional racism is called out and addressed as a barrier to progress. See the K-12 Education team’s other core priority areas:

  1. College, Career, and Civic Readiness
  2. Modernizing and Elevating the Teaching Profession
  3. Investment and Funding Equity in Public Education


Closing Advanced Coursework Equity Gaps for All Students
Report Tenth-grade students make programming adjustments to a robot that they are testing in a Computer Science Principles course at a Maryland high school, December 2017. (Getty/Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Closing Advanced Coursework Equity Gaps for All Students

Even in high schools with similar levels of access to advanced coursework, Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students are less likely to be enrolled in advanced courses—and even when they are enrolled, they experience less success in these courses than their peers.

Roby Chatterji, Neil Campbell, Abby Quirk

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The Future Is Bright for Community Schools Article
Following the opening of a Los Angeles elementary school in October 2005, kindergarten students sing a counting song in their new classroom. (Getty/Los Angeles Times/Bob Chamberlin)

The Future Is Bright for Community Schools

Through organizing, lifting up community voices, improving curricula, and investing in effective leadership, community schools can realize their potential and grow to scale.

Martin J. Blank

Separate Is Still Unequal Article
Fourth-grade students listen to their teacher at a school in Hempstead, New York, September 2015. (Getty/Yana Paskova/The Washington Post)

Separate Is Still Unequal

Sixty years after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, many students of color still have to fight for their right to a high-quality public education.

Angelina Quezada

Public Schools Must Address Disparities in Discipline Rates Article
A Baltimore first-grader participates in a morning meditation session with her class, November 2016. (Getty/Linda Davidson)

Public Schools Must Address Disparities in Discipline Rates

Policymakers must take action to help address suspension and expulsion rates for historically disadvantaged students in U.S. public schools.

Laura Jimenez, Abel McDaniels, Sarah Shapiro