The Challenge

Every child in every community has the right to a high-quality education and a fair shot at success — but historically, our nation's school systems have not addressed the unique needs of all of our students.

In particular, students from low-income backgrounds; students of color; English learners; students with disabilities; and students experiencing homelessness, foster care, or in the juvenile justice system, continue to face barriers to success.

"If you continue to get left behind, pretty soon you're out of sight, out of mind."
Parent from North Carolina

The Opportunity

Communities around the country are energized to tackle inequities in our society and in our schools.

New policy opportunities are opening up at the federal, state, and local levels, and research increasingly offers examples of practices that help all students succeed. To build momentum, stakeholders — including school boards, state and district leaders, advocates, families, and educators — must come together to understand the issues and explore next steps.

"I've waited 20 years for this moment."
Former teacher and parent from Maryland

Take Action

The Alliance for Resource Equity has created tools to help communities learn more about education resource equity, understand the state of equity and excellence in their schools, and build shared plans for improving students’ experiences in school.

Designed for both advocates and education leaders, these tools can help you collaborate and create a roadmap for change.

Education Resource Equity in 2020-21
Child learning on laptop

School can unlock every child’s power to live a life of their choosing.

And for those that believe every child can reach high levels with the right combination of supports, living our values means directing resources where they are needed most this school year.

America is grappling with an ongoing pandemic, an economic recession, and renewed national recognition of systemic racism. COVID-19, in particular, has exacerbated the barriers that students of color and students with higher needs face to access excellent learning opportunities. Therefore, schools must provide those students who have been impacted with different levels and combinations of support. This puts schools, systems, families, communities, and education advocates at a critical juncture. Together, as we embark on the 2020-21 school year, we must do what we have not been able to do before these crises: to mobilize the right combination of resources that create high-quality learning experiences and meet the distinct needs of every student. That idea —education resource equity — is what we need to ensure that school unlocks every child’s power to live a life of their choosing.

In this together,

The Alliance for Resource Equity Team