71% of children experiencing poverty are children of color


Every child deserves an opportunity to reach their full potential. But our education systems are collapsing under inequity, and it’s mostly because of poverty. Students who experience severe economic obstacles perform worse than students who have access to more wealth.

To bridge these gaps and ensure that all children get a real chance at a fulfilling education, we need to address systemic racism and poverty as tangible barriers to learning and future achievement.

Every Black student deserves access to great teaching, equitable resources, and a safe learning environment from grade school classrooms to college campuses. Black students matter and working on their behalf has never been more urgent.

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What We Are Fighting For

Students need family and community engagement and resources that encourage physical and mental health for their overall well-being, which allows for stronger academic development. We work to expand access to high-quality learning experiences throughout the education continuum and accelerate community-driven approaches to build stable, enriching public education systems.

We support students getting the education and skills development they need, so they can be successful on the job or in an academic environment. College costs should be affordable. Forgiving student loan debt and decreasing the overall cost of college is an economic imperative.

We need strategies and investments that build accountability to advance the success of children of color. Black children deserve to experience culturally relevant, student-centered learning — not extreme punishments or hallways staffed with police officers. We work to expand policies and interventions that equip families and communities to better support their kids’ needs in school.

  1. Police officers don’t make schools safer. But police presence in schools does increase the likelihood that Black students will be introduced to the legal system and then remain in it. In 43 states and the District of Columbia, Black students are more likely to be arrested than other students while at school — often with devastating effects to the child and their life trajectory.

Biden's Student Loan Debt Relief Plan

The student debt crisis has a disproportionate impact on Black borrowers and their families. Across all racial groups, Black borrowers hold the most student loan debt despite also being consistently underserved by postsecondary institutions.

President Joe Biden has canceled up to $20,000 in federal student debt for Pell Grant recipients and $10,000 for other borrowers making less than $125,000 per year. The repayment pause is extended to June 30, 2023, but when payments restart, they will be capped at 5% of the borrower’s monthly income.

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What is Critical Race Theory and how it affects your children's education.

Critical race theory (CRT) was developed by legal scholars in the 1970s and 1980s. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund describes CRT as follows: 

Critical race theory, or CRT, is an academic and legal framework that denotes  that systemic racism is part of American society — from education and housing  to employment and healthcare. Critical race theory recognizes that racism is  more than the result of individual bias and prejudice. It is embedded in laws,  policies and institutions that uphold and reproduce racial inequalities. According  to CRT, societal issues like Black Americans’ higher mortality rate, outsized  exposure to police violence, the school-to-prison pipeline, denial of affordable  housing, and the rates of the death of Black women in childbirth are not unrelated  anomalies. Critical Race Theory FAQs (NAACP Legal Defense Fund)