Advancing racial equity in public education

All youth have access to excellent and equitable public education.

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To create a public education system in New England that lives up to its promise, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation is using its power and privilege as a philanthropic institution to advance racial equity.

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As a result of unfair policy decisions past and present, young people of color experience inequitable outcomes in our public education system.


Black girls are 6x more likely than their white peers to be suspended for the same infractions.


Percent of Latinx students who need to take remedial coursework when entering college.

17% vs. 43%

Percent of Native eighth-graders proficient or advanced in math versus white students.