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4 Ways Racial Inequity Harms American Schoolchildren

The country's racial justice problems aren't limited to policing — U.S. schools also struggle with inequity and implicit bias.
Source: Yasmine Gateau for NPR

The police killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky., have sparked a national conversation around racial justice. But the country's racial justice problems aren't limited to policing — American schools have long struggled with racial inequity.

"Our students of color are treated differently in our schools," Kim Ellison, who chairs the Minneapolis Board of Education, told NPR earlier this month. A week after Floyd's death, the board voted to end its contract with the city's police department, which provided the district with school resource officers.

"It's an issue of equity for

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