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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  & The Leadership Conference Education Fund
The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

Education

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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New Report Details Critical Disparities in STEM Education

February 13, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

On February 12, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund released “Advancing Equity through More and Better STEM Learning,” a report that examines where and how the nation is losing so many children along the K-16 STEM pipeline and identifies ways to accelerate progress in closing both opportunity and achievement gaps that persist.

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At ESEA Hearing, a Focus on Testing and Accountability

January 22, 2015 - Posted by Stephanie Moore

On January 21, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) convened its first full committee hearing on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), a law passed 50 years ago to promote educational opportunity and protect the rights and interests of students disadvantaged by discrimination, poverty, and other conditions that may limit their educational attainment.

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Civil Rights Groups, Education Advocates Release Shared ESEA Reauthorization Principles

January 16, 2015 - Posted by Milan Kumar

On January 12, civil rights groups and education advocates released shared civil rights principles for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which stress the important role the federal government must play to ensure that all students have equal access to educational opportunities. As of January 16, 22 organizations have signed the principles.

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Administration Issues Guidance to Ensure English Learner Students Treated Equally

January 7, 2015 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on Wednesday issued guidance to states, school districts, and schools to ensure that English Learner (EL) students “can participate meaningfully and equally in educational programs and services.”

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The Leadership Conference Urges Education Department to Maintain Accountability in State Waiver Renewals

October 29, 2014 - Posted by Julie Faust

In a letter issued October 27, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights urged Secretary Arne Duncan and the U.S. Department of Education to hold states to rigorous standards when renewing waivers under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

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Students and Administration at Colgate University Come Together to Combat Discrimination

October 16, 2014 - Posted by Julie Faust

After a five-day sit-in at Colgate University, students and administrators came together on September 29 to develop a 21-point plan on how to combat racism and increase diversity on campus.

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New Education Guidance Advances Resource Equity for Minority Students

October 1, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on Wednesday released guidance to states, school districts, and schools to clarify how federal law requires the equitable distribution of resources to students under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in addition to how they will enforce the provisions.

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Henderson: Common Core an Important Part of Driving Equitable Change

July 7, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

During the Rethinking Accountability conference last month in Washington, D.C., Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said that by supporting the Common Core State Standards – which he calls “an important part of driving equitable change in our public school system” – we are also supporting greater investments in education to prepare effective teachers and provide the resources students need to succeed.

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Symposium Addresses Equity Issue in STEM Education

May 30, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education can provide historically underrepresented populations with proven pathways for obtaining good jobs and a higher standard of living, but these populations are not currently reaping its benefits. The Leadership Conference Education Fund and Educational Testing Service (ETS) on Tuesday co-sponsored a symposium, titled “Advancing Equity through More and Better STEM Learning,” to examine the best ways to ensure that STEM learning is inclusive and equally accessible to everyone, including communities of color, high-poverty communities, women and girls, and people with disabilities.

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Reinvesting in Children 60 Years After Brown

May 29, 2014 - Posted by Wade Henderson

This post originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org on May 22, 2014.

On May 17, we celebrated the anniversary of a turning point in American education – a commemoration of the end – or so we hoped – of “separate but equal.” But even 60 years after the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education, disparities in educational opportunities throughout our country continue to result in vast economic inequalities.

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