ProPublica has found that in states across the country, Black and Hispanic students are, on average, less likely to be selected for gifted programs and take AP courses than their white peers. They are also more likely, on average, to be suspended and expelled. Explore the Wisconsin statewide data and district-level information from your community.
4 Ways Racial Inequity Harms American Schoolchildren (3-minute read)
This article highlights four things to know about how racial inequity affects the nation's school children.
Native American Students Left Behind by S.D. Education System (14-minute read)
This special report examines the historical and current educational achievement gap between Native American and white students in South Dakota.
How America's Public Schools Keep Kids in Poverty (9:40)
Kandice Sumner sees the disparity every day in her classroom in Boston. She shares how schools in low-income neighborhoods across the U.S., specifically in communities of color, lack resources that are standard at wealthier schools -- things like musical instruments, new books, healthy school lunches and soccer fields -- and this has a real impact on the potential of students. In this inspiring talk, she asks listeners to face facts and change them. (Subtítulos en español disponibles.)
Help for Kids the Education System Ignores (11:53)
Define students by what they contribute, not what they lack -- especially those with difficult upbringings, says educator Victor Rios. Interweaved with his personal tale of perseverance as an inner-city youth, Rios identifies three straightforward strategies to shift attitudes in education and calls for fellow educators to see "at-risk" students as "at-promise" individuals brimming with resilience, character and grit.
Why Race Matters: The School-To-Prison Pipeline (24:53)
Wisconsin has one of the widest achievement gaps in the country. In this episode, Angela Fitzgerald talks to Rudy Bankston, a survivor of the school-to-prison pipeline. Rudy shares his story of being wrongly convicted and sentenced to life in prison at the age of 19. They’ll also discuss intersecting themes of identity, as well as how education gaps and strict disciplinary policies in schools can lead to the suspension, expulsion and incarceration of Black students.
Code Switch: A Tale of Two School Districts (30:03)
In many parts of the U.S., public school districts are just minutes apart, but have vastly different racial demographics — and receive vastly different funding. That's in part due to Milliken v. Bradley, a 1974 Supreme Court case that limited a powerful tool for school integration.