Racial Equity

The Thin Blue Line in Schools: New Evidence on School-Based Policing

While school resource officers (SROs) have become more prevalent in recent years, educators…

What the Florida CRT Controversy Means for the Future of Textbooks

When the news broke about Florida rejecting math textbooks that they said could…

Getting Tough? The Effects of Discretionary Principal Discipline on Student Outcomes

The debate over school discipline often devolves into whether stricter rules create more…

Examining Teacher Use of Punishments and Student Outcomes

Since early 1990s, zero-tolerance discipline policies have led schools to rely more heavily…

A New Bipartisan Education Agenda

After nearly four decades, the bipartisan coalition that pushed higher standards, tests, and accountability systems…

New Evidence on Racial Disparities in School Discipline

Racial and ethnic disparities in school suspensions have been well documented in education…

Effects of Teacher Diversity on Hispanic Student Achievement

While there is a growing body of research on the positive effects of…

The Why and How of Increased Civics Instruction

With the implementation of Covid safety protocols in schools being hindered by widespread misinformation…

Podcast: How to Measure Higher Education’s Value

Ed Smith Lewis, vice president at the United Negro College Fund, and Dr. Karen Stout,…

Combining Traditional, Culturally Sensitive Teaching in Math Classes

A new working paper by University of Pennsylvania researchers Meghan Comstock, Kirsten Lee Hill and University…

Closing Troubling Racial Gaps in Advanced Courses

Amid back-to-school debates over vaccinations, mask requirements and the right lens for learning history,…

Spending Federal Covid Relief Aid for Schools Effectively and Equitably

FutureEd Director Thomas Toch spoke with Julie Allen, a Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative senior fellow,…

“When Anything Can Happen”: Adversity and Postsecondary Decisions

When high school students decide their plans for postsecondary education, their backgrounds often influence the…

The Lingering Educational Legacy of Redlining

The United States has a long history of racially discriminatory policies and practices. Among them…

The Inequitable Effects of Teacher Layoffs

Widespread teacher layoffs, like those resulting from the Great Recession, have several negative repercussions that…

Racial Disparities in Elementary School Discipline Practices

The effects of racial disparities in school disciplinary practices has been an increasingly prominent issue…

Changing the Narrative: The Push for New Equity Measures in Education

A wide range of organizations are working to gauge students’ needs and public…

What We Teach About Race and Gender

Research suggests that improving representation of different races, genders and age groups in…

The Case for Keeping a Remote Learning Option

This piece by FutureEd senior fellow Rishawn Biddle was published in…

Essay Content is Strongly Related to Household Income and SAT Scores

While there is a wealth of research connecting students’ household income to their…

The Kids on the Bus: The Consequences of School Reassignments

Despite the landmark Brown V. Board of Education ruling nearly seven decades ago, schools remain…

In Schools, Black Girls Confront Both Racial and Gender Bias

As schools grapple with longstanding racial inequities brought into sharp focus by recent cases of…

Pollution’s Troubling Consequences in the Classroom

Research has demonstrated that lead and other pollutant exposure can cause serious damage to children’s…

Minority Student and Teaching Assistant Interactions in STEM

Only 11 percent of college faculty identify as Black, Latino, or Native American,…

Racial Diversity and Measuring Merit: Evidence from Boston

Across the country, selective public schools have come under scrutiny for the lack…

The Striking Racial and Gender Bias in Classrooms and How to Address It

This commentary was published in The 74. Education research is replete with studies that…

State Legislation Restricting the Teaching of Racial History

(Updated Feb. 10) The latest culture war in education is being fought over how schools…

The Impact of School Desegregation on White Attitudes and Politics

Advocates of school integration have long suggested that desegregation can improve the racial…

The Families Talking—and not Talking—with Children About Racism

The past year has brought a reckoning on racism in the United States, prompted by…

Why a Diverse Teaching Force Matters and How We Can Get There

Amid the current national reckoning on racial equity, research exploring the impact of Black teachers…