Education has one of the greatest social returns on investment, yet Black and Brown students in our region are battling educational disparities from degree attainment to discipline practices. In 2016, the U.S. Department of Education reported that in our region, Black and Brown students were more likely than their white peers to be one or more grade levels behind, and more likely to receive harsher discipline.
The region experienced modest educational outcome improvements pre-COVID, particularly in Prince Georges County; however, the impacts of COVID hit Black and Brown students harder and threatens the gains achieved. Philanthropy has an opportunity to help level the playing educational playing field as the region starts to recover. Ahead of a new school year, join us in a discussion on policies and investments needed to create an equity learning ecosystem stronger than before.
- MODERATOR | Kia Croom, Children's Defense Fund
- PANELIST | Christina M. Hanson, Ketcham Elementary School
- PANELIST | Gwynn Hughes, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
- PANELIST | Amity Pope, Prince George's County School to Prison Pipeline
- PANELIST | Kent Withycombe, The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs