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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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Groups Say Common Core Needed to Fulfill Promise of Brown Decision

May 20, 2014 - Posted by Jeff Miller

On Monday, The Leadership Conference joined with several other civil rights and education groups in signing onto a full-page ad placed in the New York Times to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the landmark school desegregation decision in Brown v. Board of Education and to demonstrate their strong, united support for the equitable implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

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Department of Education: Charter Schools Must Comply With Civil Rights Laws

May 16, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Days before the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on Wednesday released guidance to verify explicitly that federal civil rights laws that apply to public schools also apply to public charter schools.

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Administration Tells Public Schools Not to Deny Students Over Immigration Status

May 9, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on Thursday issued updated guidance to public elementary and secondary schools to ensure that no child is denied equal access to education, no matter their immigration status.

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Departments of Education and Justice: Race-Conscious Methods of Achieving Diversity Still Permissible

May 7, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on Tuesday sent a letter providing guidance to confirm that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, issued last month, leaves untouched previous Court holdings on the permissibility of race-conscious methods of achieving diversity goals at elementary and secondary schools.

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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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