“The debate over the city’s statue of Robert E. Lee and the white supremacist march last year set Charlottesville apart and spurred it to confront its Confederate past. But the city hasn’t fully come to terms with another aspect of its Jim Crow legacy: a school system that segregates students from the time they start and steers them into separate and unequal tracks.” A report co-published by the NYT and ProPublica looks at the very different educational and life experiences of kids living on opposite sides of the tracks in a now well-known Virginia town. Charlottesville’s Other Jim Crow Legacy: Separate and Unequal Education.

+ Chicago Tribune: Same city, different opportunities: Study maps life outcomes for children from Chicago neighborhoods.

+ Race and poverty aren’t the only challenges facing some students. During the last school year, 114,659 public students were homeless. That’s not across America. That’s just in New York City.

+ “Harvard acknowledges that, as it makes its admission decisions, it does so with an eye for academic excellence but also for diversity—including race, among other factors—to create the best learning environment for its students. This is Blum’s real target: the consideration of race in any decision by a university or a government.” Jeffrey Toobin in The New Yorker: The Underlying Attack in the Harvard Admissions Lawsuit. (As the stories above remind us, Affirmative Action isn’t just about transgressions from the distant past. It’s about what’s happening right here, right now.)