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

HF: As education reporters, we tend to look for “silver bullet” programs, or promising fixes. I’ve taken for granted how limiting these types of programs are if we’re talking about making real, systemic changes.

JR: Yes, it’s a lot easier to implement — and for us to scrutinize — specific programs than it is to understand the system systems, really as a whole.

Especially now, in a moment that has further amplified questions about voice and representation, I wanted to ask about the framework you bring to your reporting. You and I are white journalists tasked with focusing on educational equity, a subject that centers the experiences of students of color. What do you feel is your role in this conversation, and how do you seek to overcome the implicit bias you might bring to it?

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