In America, public education is viewed as the best and most impactful way to create equal opportunities for families, children and youth to succeed. But all too often, communities of color are “left outside” of education reform efforts, just as students of color are “left behind” in their education.

To meet this challenge, the National Urban League launched the Equity and Excellence project in 2010. We believe students, parents and community leaders should be involved in education reform that expands and deepens opportunities for families, fill gaps in resources for students and educators, accelerates progress, and delivers more fully on the promise of education. We believe this is possible through our seven focus areas: