Blog Series: Education and the Path to Equity

Fifty years ago, the Kerner Commission issued a seminal report on racial division and disparities in the United States. This series commemorates the release of the Kerner Report and examines issues of education and equity 5 decades after that release.

Kerner At 50: Educational Equity Still a Dream Deferred


Fifty years ago, the Kerner Commission issued a seminal report on racial division and disparities in the United States. With this blog by Learning Policy Institute (LPI) President Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, LPI is launching a new series, Education and the Path to Equity, commemorating the release of the Kerner report and examining the persistent struggle to provide an equitable education for each and every student.

Immigrant Students: Our Kids, Our Future


Dr. Patricia Gándara, LPI Senior Fellow and Director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, discusses the changing demographics of immigrant students and how they’ve been impacted by increased immigration enforcement practices. She also argues for reframing how we think about immigrant students to focus on their assets, which “prime them to be the very best learners in our schools.”

Creating Loving Cities Rather Than “Separate and Unequal”


In this blog, Schott Foundation President and CEO Dr. John H. Jackson, addresses the racial segregation of communities and schools and its impact on children’s opportunity to learn and thrive, particularly children of color and children from low-income households.

School Funding: Deep Disparities Persist 50 Years After Kerner


Fifty years after the Kerner Commission warned of a nation divided, school funding remains profoundly unfair and inequitable in most states, shortchanging students across the country, writes David Sciarra, Executive Director of the Education Law Center in the latest installment of the blog series, Education and the Path to Equity. Those most disadvantaged by this enduring failure are millions of children from low-income families and children of color, especially those in high-poverty, racially isolated communities.

Centering Racial Equity Is Key to Righting Historic Injustices

MAY 10, 2018 | DR. EBONY GREEN

As we reflect on the 50th anniversary of the Kerner Report, we must recognize that educational institutions currently produce exactly what they were created to produce—opportunity gaps, writes Dr. Ebony Green, Executive Director of Equity and Access of the Newburgh Enlarged City School District. In the latest installment of the blog series, Education and the Path to Equity, Dr. Green shares how her school district is implementing a systemwide approach to equity in order to create opportunities and improve outcomes for all students.

Fifty Years After Kerner, the Nation Is Still Separate and Unequal, But It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way

MAY 17, 2018 | DR. JOHN B. KING, JR.

John B. King Jr., President and CEO of the Education Trust and former U.S. Secretary of Education, observes that 50 years after the Kerner Commission, the striking disparities in opportunity that still exist throughout our nation are a reflection of choices that we have made as a society. As a nation, we are not acting on what we know is in the best interest of our children.

Time for a New Civil Rights Movement


Much was accomplished by the civil rights revolution, writes Gary Orfield, Distinguished Research Professor of Education, Law, Political Science and Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. But gains have been lost and times have changed. In this blog, Orfield says we need a new agenda for a more complex society and a new vision of integration in a century where we will all soon be minorities.

Separate and Unequal Is Hurting America’s Children. It’s Time to Invest in Education and Integration on Behalf of Every Student.​


In the 50 years since the Kerner Report was released, our country has struggled to fulfill its mission — and perhaps nowhere has this fight been more evident than in our classrooms, observes Center for American Progress President and CEO Neera Tanden. In this blog, Tanden says we must invest in every school and take decisive steps toward integration.

50 Years After Kerner, It’s Time to Finish What We Started​


Richmond, VA’s diversity is a point of strength, but the vast majority of its schools are still segregated by race and income. In this blog, Anne Holton writes about that reality and what one school is doing to change it. Holton is Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Education at George Mason University and former Virginia Secretary of Education.