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The nation cannot afford discriminatory barriers that unfairly limit or deny educational access based on factors like race, national origin, sex, or disability. Inequality in education prevents the nation from fulfilling its potential, and ensuring equal educational opportunity remains one of the civil rights movement's top priorities. 

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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Voter Initiative Banning Race-Conscious Admissions

April 22, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

In a 6-2 decision today in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (companion case Schuette v. Cantrell), the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling and upheld a Michigan voter initiative that bans the practice of race-conscious admissions to the state’s public universities.

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Spotlight on Humphrey Honoree: Randi Weingarten

April 18, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

On May 15, the civil and human rights community will honor American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten with its highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award, for her lifelong commitment to improving America’s education system.

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Civil and Human Rights Community Fights for Educational Opportunity

April 11, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education this year, civil and human rights groups are fighting for educational equity on a number of fronts to make the promise of Brown a reality.

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New Data Finds Huge Racial Disparities in America’s Public Schools

March 21, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights on Friday released data providing a comprehensive look at how all 97,000 public schools in the United States are educating the nation’s children.

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Kansas Supreme Court: Public School Funding Levels Unconstitutional

March 10, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that current public school funding levels in the state are unconstitutional, siding with four school districts and parents of more than 30 children who sued the state for not adequately funding K-12 education.

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Senate Committee Discusses Access to Higher Education for Disadvantaged Students

January 23, 2014 - Posted by Gracie Cano

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee met last Thursday to hear recommendations for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). The hearing, “Strengthening Federal Access Programs to Meet 21st Century Needs: A Look at TRIO and GEAR UP,” led by Chairman Tom Harkin, D. Iowa, focused on programs designed to increase access to higher education for students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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PISA Results Reveal 'Educational Stagnation' in United States

December 4, 2013 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released results this week for the most recent Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which tests 15-year-old students in more than 60 countries in mathematics, reading, and science. Since results were last released in 2009, the United States’ scores, according to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, represent “a picture of educational stagnation.”

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Civil Rights Leaders Urge Governor Corbett to Immediately Address Philadelphia’s Budget Crisis

October 11, 2013 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Civil and human rights leaders sent a letter this week urging Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Corbett to take immediate action to address the ongoing budget crisis in the School District of Philadelphia (SDP).

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Civil Rights Groups Recognize the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) by Drawing Attention to Racial Disparities in U.S. Education System

September 23, 2013 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

By Tamera Willis, a Fall 2013 Intern

Though the U.S. Constitution was built on the ideals of equality and equal opportunity, the reality for low-income, minority American children navigating our education system is very different.

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Civil and Human Rights Groups Oppose Kline ESEA Bill; Support Miller Alternative

July 18, 2013 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote this week on the “Student Success Act,” which would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Civil and human rights groups believe the bill introduced by Rep. John Kline, R. Minn., constitutes a “rollback.”

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