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Pedestrians pass the wall of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston by South Station in 2019. Business leaders are working with the Boston Fed on revisiting its oft-cited 2015 "Color of Wealth" report.

There is a systemic set of needs to fill in tackling racial wealth gap

Our residents get credentials in tech, STEM, and other skilled fields but still do not get the quality jobs they are trained for.


Communications 101: Closing the language barriers in state agencies

Inconsistent and often substandard language access practices across state government agencies continually hinder non-English speakers.


To help close the wealth gap, put more money into Black and brown wealth managers’ hands

Of the roughly $69 trillion in wealth that is professionally managed in the United States, 98.7 percent is managed by firms owned by white men. You read that right: Firms owned by women and people of color control only 1.3 percent of that pie.


Massachusetts’ failure to forestall growing segregation

The state’s failure to provide leadership for the past two decades has left Massachusetts schools highly segregated by race, ethnicity, and income.

Demonstrators outside the White House on May 11 protested against new rules proposed by the Education Department governing a federal grant program for charter schools. Critics say the proposed rules are overly restrictive and would thwart the growth of charter schools, whose 3.6 million students are largely Black and Hispanic.

Proposed federal changes would hurt charter schools

The DOE proposals would make it more onerous for schools to receive federal startup grants hurt existing charters, which serve mostly Black and Latino families.

A press conference was held outside the McKinley Elementary School in the South End on May 12 as Mayor Michelle Wu pledged to spend $2 billion to overhaul the city’s deteriorating school facilities.

Assessing the promise of upgraded Boston school buildings

Will the new plan actually provide expanded opportunity for students through authentic community engagement, transparency, and a clear equitable roadmap for the city’s schools?

Sheenah Reyes, of Methuen, attended the annual Massachusetts Puerto Rican Festival and Parade held on City Hall Plaza in July 2019.

Why are Massachusetts Latinos struggling more than everybody else?

The state Latino poverty rate is nearly 5 percentage points higher than the national Latino rate, more than 6 percentage points higher than the state’s Black poverty rate, and more than three times as high than the state’s white poverty rate.

A 2017 Globe’s 2017 Spotlight series on race in Boston highlighted a major wealth gap problem in Massachusetts. Here, a laborer passes an advertisement at the Pier 4 project on Northern Ave in the Seaport District on Sept. 27, 2017.

The $8 figure that shamed Boston gets an update

Seven years after a Fed study exposed just how wide the region’s wealth gap remains, a welcome follow-up is in the works.