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Charles Lane / WSHU

In the town of Islip, New York, voting is done at-large, which means there aren't any districts. The whole town, which is primarily white, votes for all the elected officials together, making it difficult for Latino voters to get representation in city government. So, they're suing.

Eric Schmid / WSHU

Vivett Dukes always knew the importance of education, even from a young age. “My mother said you have two strikes against you: you’re black, and you’re a girl. [But] education is the one thing no one can dispute.”

Dave Collins / AP

Seven African-American and Hispanic families filed a civil rights lawsuit against Connecticut and Hartford officials on Thursday. The families are challenging race-based student quotas at the city's magnet schools, saying hundreds of seats in the schools are unfilled because of a complicated formula imposed on the city,  following the landmark school desegregation case Sheff v. O’Neill.  

John Locher / AP

Education advocates and researchers say the discrepancy between the number of minority students and minority teachers in Connecticut leads to disadvantages for students of color.

John Locher / AP

According to a study from the Institute of Labor Economics, students of color are less likely to drop out of high school and more likely to pursue college if they have at least one minority teacher. 

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