In Focus: Equity in Education

A new school year can be a daunting experience for students, families, and educators at the best of times, but no one was prepared for what 2020 would bring. 

As the national conversation unfolds around how, when, or if to reopen schools, leaders across the education sector are increasingly recognizing what many Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) and marginalized communities have known for years: change is needed, and long overdue. It is time to answer tough questions about who our education systems are designed to benefit and how we can set all students up for success.

In this first installment of In Focus, a new multimedia series that tackles society’s greatest challenges, Aspen Institute staff, advocates, program participants and partners examine the structural inequities in our education system, how the COVID-19 pandemic and national reckoning on race have exacerbated them, and where we go from here.

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