Why this issue matters for racial equity?

Since the beginning of our nation, education has been used as a tool to suppress Blacks from voting, achieving social mobility and access to basic human rights and resources. After Brown V. Board of Education, federal courts desegregated local school districts with hopes of ending racial discrimination in schools. Decades later, students of color attend de facto segregated schools that are under-resourced and over-policed.


Policy levers:

Advocates throughout the state are pushing for access to high quality resources, curriculum, facilities and well-trained teachers for all students.



High school graduation, math proficiency, English proficiency, school discipline, diverse effective teachers, and access to early childhood education programs.

Key Takeaways

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Math Proficiency
Asian (72%), Filipino (62%), and White (58%) third grade math proficiency rates are more than double Pacific Islander (36%), Native American (29%), Latino (28%), and Black (22%) rates.
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Licensed Childcare
White children 0-5 (50.5 seats per 100) have better access to licensed childcare than Latinos (43.0) and Blacks (40.6).
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Suspension Rate
The Black suspension rate (10.7 per 100 students) is more than triple the White (3.3) suspension rate.

Racial Disparity Across Indicators

Lowest Disparity
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Individuals without high school degrees are more likely to live in poverty, be unemployed and may be more susceptible to entering the criminal justice system.

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