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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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Civil Rights Groups Urge DeVos, Sessions to Uphold Strong Civil Rights Offices

March 1, 2017 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Leadership Conference and a number of partner organizations this week sent letters to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging them to staff their agencies’ civil rights offices with individuals who will protect civil rights.

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Trump Administration Rescinds Title IX Guidance on Transgender Students

February 23, 2017 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Trump administration on Wednesday sent a letter to the nation’s schools announcing its rescission of the Obama administration’s federal guidance to protect transgender students.

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Senate Confirms DeVos, Sessions to Lead Important Civil Rights Agencies

February 9, 2017 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education and on Wednesday confirmed Sen. Jeff Sessions to be U.S. Attorney General – despite overwhelming opposition to each from the civil rights community. They will now both lead federal agencies responsible for enforcing civil rights laws.

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Senate HELP Committee Advances DeVos Nomination

February 1, 2017 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Yesterday, January 31, the Senate Health, Labor, Education and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted 12-11 to advance the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be U.S. Secretary of Education to the full Senate for a vote.

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Vast Racial Disparities in America’s Public Schools Persist, Data Show

June 7, 2016 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights on Tuesday released results of its survey – the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) – providing a comprehensive look at how more than 95,000 public schools in the United States are educating the nation’s children.

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Administration Releases Guidance to Protect Transgender Students

May 13, 2016 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on Friday released joint guidance to clarify schools’ Title IX obligations regarding transgender students and to provide examples of how both departments determine compliance.

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This Vermont Teacher Wants an Education Bill that Strengthens Accountability

October 21, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

By Tara Yarlagadda, Field Associate

Earlier this week, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights shared a message from Terri Vest, who teaches 11th grade English, social studies, and online psychology courses at Twinfield Union School, a pre-K-12 school in Vermont.

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U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Re-Hear Arguments in Fisher v. Univ. of Texas

July 2, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

On June 29, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear—for a second time—arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a legal challenge to the equal opportunity admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin.

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New Reports Document Massive Resource Inequities in Public Schools

June 8, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

On June 8, The Leadership Conference Education Fund – along with Education Law Center (ELC) – released “Cheating our Future: How Decades of Disinvestment by States Continues to Jeopardize Equal Education Opportunity,” its new report detailing the enormous resource disparities in public schools nationwide.

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Groups Call for Federal Loan Relief for Students of Corinthian Colleges

May 4, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

On May 1, Americans for Financial Reform and 33 other organizations, including The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, sent a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urging him and the Department of Education to ensure that all current and former students of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges receive federal loan discharges.

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Glossary of Terms - Education Policy

This glossary defines terms and jargon used frequently in education policy conversations. It is designed to help education advocates and parents better understand what education policy professionals mean when they use these terms.

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