Despite stated goals of providing all kids with a quality education, America’s public education system is rife with racial inequities. Schools attended by Black students are more likely to be racially segregated and lack adequate funding, and the students themselves experience disproportionate discipline, bullying, and fewer academic opportunities

But across the country, Black-led organizations and nonprofits are working with students, educators, and communities to put innovative solutions into practice. Here are five innovative programs paving the way for a more just public education system — and creating greater access, empowerment, and advancement for Black children. 

1. National Education Association Black Caucus 

The National Education Association, led by President Becky Pringle, stands at the forefront of conversations about teachers, students, and other education professionals across the country. The NEA Black Caucus, organized at the San Francisco NEA Convention in 1970, focuses on the progress of the Black community by developing leaders and informing policy. As teaching true African-American history has come under threat in numerous states, the Black Caucus continues to push for full, inclusive history to be taught in schools. 

The caucus strives to build a world where all communities have “access to a quality, free public education and an equal voice in public policy through leadership cultivation, economic empowerment, and civic engagement,” according to its website.  

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Aziah Siid

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