How we’re covering structural racism and systemic change in education, and how you can get involved

Education Lab Editor Joy Resmovits: How has your reporting since then led to the series that’s beginning today, Window of Opportunity?

Reporter Katherine Long: I covered a Black Lives Matter protest in early June, and I was struck both by the diversity of the people protesting and the frequency with which they talked about changing big systems, including education. Now, covering education can be a lonely business — it has its own wonky, technical side, it’s often about funding, and even small changes can generate big controversies.

But the pandemic had upended everything about education, and we wondered if it could represent a moment to remake the system. I didn’t know what systemic change might look like, and I wanted to hear from educators of color, to find out what could finally make a dent in this long-standing American problem of unequal schools.

Your stories and experiences are crucial to our storytelling. As we cover schools reopening and structural racism in the education system, we’d like to hear from you.

You can also answer these questions at edlabseattletimesm. As we consider planning a virtual live conversation on what going back to school this year will look like, please feel free to also tell us what times work best for you.

Reporter Hannah Furfaro: I grew up in Minneapolis, and in the days and nights after police killed George Floyd, my brother and I were on the phone nonstop. He lives blocks from where Floyd died, and although police brutality in our hometown wasn’t new, Floyd’s death felt like heartbreak. I grieved with him from afar. Protests and vigils soon came to Seattle, and during this time, I was reporting about Washington’s plans to head back to school in the fall.

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