NC Racial Equity Initiative

Consistent with the Forum’s long history of tackling the thorniest problems facing public education in our state, Study Group XVI asked the most salient question of the past 50 years: “What would it take to give every child in North Carolina the opportunity to receive a sound basic education?”

The Study Group XVI’s Committee on Racial Equity focused on seven key areas: resegregation; discipline disparities; the opportunity gap; overrepresentation of students of color in special education; access to rigorous courses and programs; diversity in teaching; and culturally responsive pedagogy. The Committee’s recommendations were published as part of the Study Group XVI Report on Expanding Educational Opportunity in October 2016.

We know that the challenges of poverty, racial isolation, and trauma are huge hurdles that require broad, systemic action. The Public School Forum has launched the NC Racial Equity Initiative to build on the work of Study Group XVI’s Committee and to raise awareness about the importance of race equity in education and drive toward eliminating the significance of race in educational outcomes.

Color of Education: An Evening with Nikole Hannah-Jones

This fall, in collaboration with Duke Policy Bridge and the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, the Public School Forum hosted our first statewide summit on race and education. Our headline speaker was Nikole Hannah-Jones, 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow and an award-winning reporter covering race for The New York Times Magazine.

This kick-off event was called Color of Education:  An Evening with Nikole Hannah-Jones” and was held on Tuesday, October 2nd on the campus of Duke University.  In 2019 and beyond, “Color of Education” (#ColorofEducation) will evolve into an annual day-long summit bringing together educators, policymakers, national experts and other key stakeholders focused on eliminating the impact of race in education.

This Initiative is supported by the Grable Foundation.

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