Inequities – mainly due to poverty – are crushing our education systems. Students experiencing economic hardships are shown to underperform relative to those with more wealth, and a whopping 71% of children experiencing poverty are children of color.
Every child deserves an opportunity to reach their full potential through access to equitable resources, great teaching, and a safe learning environment from grade school all the way through college. Black students matter, and working on their behalf has never been more urgent. We must address systemic racism and poverty as tangible barriers to learning and future achievement.
In addition to financial equity and access to high-quality education, an equitable, safe learning environment is key. Black students are more likely to be arrested than other students while at school — often with devastating effects on the child and their life trajectory. We know that police presence in schools doesn’t make schools safer, but it does increase the likelihood that Black students will enter and remain in the legal system. In 43 states and the District of Columbia,