Data show Arizona’s racial inequities in education, poverty, prisons

In the wake of the police killings of George Floyd and Dion Johnson, the nation has re-ignited discussions of racial inequities and disparities in policing. But data suggests those inequities between whites and people of color in Arizona stretch far beyond interactions with police.

Arizona protests have focused mainly on the killings of Floyd and Johnson, but are driven in large part by frustrations that the quality of life for communities of color remains less than for white Arizonans.


Arizona’s education system has long been a point of contention, and the state often gets ranked close to the bottom on national surveys for its K-12 system for both funding and performance.

The state’s overcrowded classrooms, lack of access to equipment in rural areas, teacher shortages and low teacher pay have consistently been focal points of discussion.

Data on test scores from the Arizona Department of Education shows that black students are passing the state’s standardized English and math tests less of the time compared to their peers.

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