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The unusually high number of school districts on Long Island, 124, which are overwhelmingly segregated both racially and economically is disadvantageous for all of the region’s students.  The majority of Black and Latino students attend low-performing schools with high concentrations of poverty, leaving them with few opportunities to benefit from a high-quality education. 

Additionally, all Long Island students are being denied the benefit of learning in racially and ethnically diverse schools.  Integrated learning environments help to dismantle racial stereotypes they prepare students to be successful in increasingly diverse workplaces and communities.

The objective of ERASE Racism’s Education Equity Initiative is to catalyze a strategic dialogue about the benefits of creating racially and ethnically diverse, high performing public schools throughout Long Island.

Take Action


Join the education equity working
group or subgroups »

If you believe that all Long Island students deserve access to the highest quality education and will benefit from learning in racially diverse schools, then please consider joining our Education Equity Working Group. Group members are called upon approximately once a month, e.g. to participate in a meeting, conference call, email discussion or sub-committee activity, etc. to help move forward the agenda to create equity in education.  Participation is not burdensome.


Express your opinion »

What do you think are some of the best strategies for achieving equity in education?


Attend an event »

Look at our events page for details about upcoming meetings and forums


Organize a screening of A Tale of Two Schools »

Would you like to help us spread the word by holding a screening of our documentary A TALE OF TWO SCHOOLS: Race and Education on Long Island?  You can buy the film and contact us to help you organize the screening.


A Tale of Two Schools: Race and Education on Long Island


ERASE Racism’s documentary, A TALE OF TWO SCHOOLS: Race and Education on Long Island, follows David and Owen, two African American teenagers during their senior year of high school.  Even though the students have a lot in common, they go to very different schools.   A TALE OF TWO SCHOOLS spotlights these differences and the results of educational disparities.  The film also focuses on the benefits that diversity provides for all students.

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After the Film


View this accompanying presentation with background information and thought-provoking discussion of the film.

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