Raleigh-Durham, NC (September 18, 2018) – Color of Education, a new initiative of the Public School Forum of North Carolina, Duke Policy Bridge and the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, has formed a Guiding Committee to help shape their efforts around race equity and education. The Guiding Committee is co-chaired by Dr. Keisha Bentley Edwards, Associate Director of Research, Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and Keith Poston, President & Executive Director, Public School Forum of North Carolina.

Color of Education, announced last month, will hold its first public event on Tuesday, October 2nd at 6:00 PM on the campus of Duke University featuring award-winning New York Times Magazine reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones.  That event is sold-out. The event is sponsored in part by Capitol Broadcasting, Grable Foundation, UPS Foundation, Maynard Family Foundation and the John M. Belk Endowment.

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In 2019 and beyond, “Color of Education” will evolve into an annual summit as well as other statewide and regional gatherings, bringing together educators, policymakers, experts and other key stakeholders focused on achieving racial equity and eliminating racial disparities in education.

The impact of race in education was a central focus of the Public School Forum’s Study Group XVI: Expanding Education Opportunity in North Carolina. The Committee on Racial Equity’s findings and recommendations were published in October 2016. The committee covered issues such as resegregation, teacher diversity, discipline disparity and lack of access to advanced, more rigorous coursework for students of color.

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About Public School Forum of North Carolina
Since 1986, the Public School Forum of North Carolina has been an indispensable and nonpartisan champion of better schools and the most trusted source in the state for research and analysis on vital education issues. We bring together leaders from business, education and government to study education issues, develop ideas, seek consensus, and ultimately inform and shape education policy. We do that through research, policy work, innovative programs, advocacy, and continuing education for educators and policymakers. Follow us on Twitter @theNCForum and visit our website at http://www.ncforum.org/.

About Duke Policy Bridge
Deep engagement with the policy world is a core value of the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy. The Policy Bridge was created to promote engagement as a two-way street, amplify the impact of our research to benefit society, and help our faculty and students be more aware of and responsive to the needs of the policy community.

Our aim is that:

  • Duke’s scholarly research gets to policymakers and influencers when and how they need it.
  • The real-world knowledge and questions of these groups informs and strengthens research.

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About Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity
The Duke Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity is a scholarly collaborative engaged in the study of the causes and consequences of inequality and in the assessment and redesign of remedies for inequality and its adverse effects. Concerned with the economic, political, social and cultural dimensions of uneven and inequitable access to resources, opportunity and capabilities, Cook Center researchers take a cross-national comparative approach to the study of human difference and disparity. Ranging from the global to the local, Cook Center scholars not only address the overarching social problem of general inequality, but they also explore social problems associated with gender, race, ethnicity and religious affiliation. Follow the Cook Center on Twitter @DUSocialEquity and visit our website at https://socialequity.duke.edu/.

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