Confronting Inequality in Education
Education in the United States can be vastly unequal depending on who a student is and where they live. Our investigative journalists bring a diverse set of lived experiences and to report with and in service to the people most affected by our work. We use data-driven accountability reporting to expose discriminatory systems affecting public education and to bring attention to solutions, frequently through collaboration with local journalists.
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The two boys should have been in elementary school. But for 71 days, the Bristol Borough School District in suburban Philadelphia would not enroll them. Attorneys for the students later explained they were newcomers. They first lived with a relative in New Jersey but couldn’t stay without risking her Section 8 housing voucher. They next…
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