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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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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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Federal Student Loan Defaults Up, Especially at For-Profit Schools

September 21, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

New data from the Department of Education shows that the rate of federal student loan defaults has increased more sharply at for-profit institutions – which have come under fire in recent years for this very issue – than at other institutions of higher learning.

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Civil Rights Case Challenging Colorado’s Ability to Fund All of Its Schools Adequately and Equitably Begins

August 15, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

A state District Court in Denver, Colorado is currently hearing arguments in an educational equity case, Lobato v. State of Colorado.

The case, which originated in 2005, is the latest to challenge a state to fund all of its schools adequately and equitably so that every single child is getting the highest quality education.

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Report: Students Attending For-Profit Institutions Struggle to Repay Federal Loans

June 1, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

For-profit colleges charge students more and have a higher percentage of students who receive federal loans than do public or private not-for-profit ones, while significantly under-investing in the instruction of their students, according to a new report by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

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Government Steps Up Scrutiny of For-Profit College Abuses

May 9, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Prosecutors in 10 states, including Kentucky, Florida, and Illinois, have launched a multi-state investigation into allegations that for-profit colleges are using fraudulent methods to recruit students to attend their schools.

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