With the release of our two reports, “Deep Rooted: A Brief History of Race and Education” and “E(race)ing Inequities: The State of Racial Equity in North Carolina Public Schools,” we hope to initiate the kind of candid discussion that leads to intervention. This research is the culmination of nearly 16 months of study funded by a grant through the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research.
Racial disparities in American public schools are nothing new. For many students of color, unfortunately, their experiences in North Carolina do not differ much from the national trends. Most minoritized communities have always known intuitively their children are not getting the same educational opportunity, even if they haven’t known the data. The general public knows this too. But we appear to be resigned to the belief that it is natural and inevitable. This project takes a hard, nuanced look at how we got here and where we are today, in hopes of disrupting this pattern and charting a path forward.
This new report finds students of color trail whites in access to educational resources and a direct link to disparity in outcomes. More specifically, the Center for Racial Equity in Education (CREED) provides a comprehensive empirical analysis of the current state of racial equity in North Carolina public schools.