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The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

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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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Fisher Case Draws Broad Support from Business, Military, Administration

August 16, 2012 - Posted by Cedric Lawson

More than 50 briefs in support of diversity and the University of Texas at Austin’s (UT) admissions policy were filed this week in the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin case which will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on October 10.

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New Report Outlines Steps to Strengthening the Economy through Shared Prosperity

August 1, 2012 - Posted by Willie Roberson

Policies that promote job growth, economic security, and democracy are the foundation for an economy that will benefit all, according to a new independent report by Professor Jacob Hacker and Nathaniel Loewentheil of Yale University. The report was released Tuesday at an event hosted by the Economic Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C.

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Advocates Urge Senate to Prevent Student Loan Interest Rate Increase

June 1, 2012 - Posted by Avril Lighty

A collection of civil rights groups is urging members of the U.S. Senate to support the Stop the Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Act (S. 2343) before the current 3.4 percent interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans doubles on July 1.

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Time to Succeed Coalition Launches

May 10, 2012 - Posted by Corrine Yu

More than 100 national leaders have launched the Time to Succeed Coalition (TSC), a diverse coalition of Americans working to ensure that all children in the nation’s high-poverty communities have the time they need to succeed in school and beyond.

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Monitor Weekly: The Latest in Civil and Human Rights

May 5, 2012 - Posted by Ron Bigler

  • Concerns about Higher GED Costs. As Education Week reported on Thursday, The Leadership Conference will be meeting with a senior executive of the GED Testing Service to allay concerns that plans to redesign the exam will make it cost prohibitive for lower-income people.

  • New App to Fight Racial Profiling at Airports. At a press event held this week at The Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., the Sikh Coalition launched a new iPhone and Android application called FlyRights that makes it easier for travelers to submit complaints about airport security directly to the Transportation Security Administration.

  • Women, African Americans Hit Hardest by Public-Sector Layoffs. A new briefing paper by the Economic Policy Institute finds that Women and African Americans comprised about 70 percent and 20 percent respectively of the 765,000 jobs lost in state and local government between 2007 and 2011.

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Monitor Weekly - The Latest in Civil and Human Rights

April 28, 2012 - Posted by Ron Bigler

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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Texas Case on Use of Race in College Admissions

February 23, 2012 - Posted by Anjali Thakur-Mittal

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the use of race as a factor in determining admissions at public universities.

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NAEP’s 2011 National Report Card Shows Overall Lack of Progress in Closing Achievement Gaps

December 5, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Despite some signs of progress nationally on improving student reading and math skills, racial, ethnic and income-based achievement gaps persist, according to analysis of the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as “The Nation’s Report Card.”

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At Senate Hearing, Diverse Coalition Voices Concerns Over Lack of Accountability Standards in Federal Education Reform Bill

November 9, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty

Joining a coalition of 29 civil rights, education and business organizations, Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference, told Senators yesterday at a hearing on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that the groups cannot support a bill that lacks strong accountability measures.

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Civil Rights, Business, and Education Groups 'Cannot Support' Senate Education Reform Bill

October 19, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

Voicing concerns about the absence of accountability standards, a broad coalition of civil rights organizations, business groups, and education officials and advocates is withholding support for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2011 that is being considered by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).

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