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Investing in Black Students and Teachers


The achievement gaps between Black students and their peers in public education are some of America’s most persistent challenges. And after two years of devastating learning loss caused by COVID-19 disruptions, the systemic issues facing millions of Black students have grown dramatically.

But data and experience point to a promising solution: Public charter schools, staffed by diverse teachers and administrators.

Today Mike and Dr. Michael Lomax, President and CEO of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), announced a $10 million investment to work with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to start new public charter schools in the South — where more than half of America’s Black students live — and recruit substantially more Black teachers and principals to work in them.

Mike and Dr. Lomax outlined the initiative in an op-ed published today in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


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