Advancing Equity in Education

At the heart of our work is an unwavering belief that education system change can be a powerful lever in building a world where all individuals can thrive. Addressing systemic racism in the structure, policies, and practices of our education system is not only the right thing to do but also a critical part of building our talent and leadership pipelines.

With this initiative our goals are two-fold: to elevate the promising practices and policies that can reverse current trends and engage business leaders in accelerating the impact of BIPOC-led organizations working to achieve educational equity.

Equity in Education Initiative Support


$23 Billion Less

School districts serving predominately nonwhite students receive $23 billion less in annual state & local funding while educating the same number of students.

1 in 5 Teachers

Numerous studies point to teachers of color being a leading contributor in closing achievement gaps for students of color, but are only a fraction of the workforce (approximately 20%).

Only 9% of Students

Students of color and their families are often presented with or have access to fewer educational options along their journey; only 9% of students of color are enrolled in at least one AP course.

America Succeeds Equity in Education Platform

Achieving Funding Equity
Growing Equity in STEM
Recruiting & Retaining Educators of Color
Strengthening Equity through Social-Emotional Learning
Expanding Equity in Educational Options

Initiative Approach & Impact

  • Analyzing data regarding inequities in outcomes and opportunities across the education sector
  • Identifying promising policies and practices to reverse current trends and achieve more equitable education outcomes for students of color
  • Amplifying leaders of color, building alliances and supporting organizations committed to leveling the playing field
  • Equipping business leaders and our national network of state partners with the resources and tools to advance America Succeeds’ Equity in Education policy platform

This initiative enables employers to impact one of our country’s greatest challenges in a way that is more effective and reflective of their shared interest in the future success of all students. Supporting America Succeeds’ Equity in Education platform is an investment in the employees, customers, community members, and leaders of tomorrow.