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.
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).
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.
April 7, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has issued a new guidance letter to schools and colleges to clarify Title IX requirements pertaining to sexual violence and harassment allegations.
April 6, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter this week to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions outlining its priorities for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with respect to accountability standards in Title I of the law. Title I provides federal funding to schools and school districts with a high percentage of students from low-income families.
March 16, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Last week, the Obama administration held a major anti-bullying conference to call attention to ways that schools and communities can combat bullying.
March 3, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Despite an increase in the number of women pursuing higher education, disparities between women and men still exist in the employment sector, according to a report compiled by the Council on Women and Girls, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Economics and Statistics Administration.
February 18, 2011 - Posted by Scott Simpson
The House of Representatives today approved legislation that would block the Department of Education from enforcing a rule designed to hold for-profit colleges accountable for preparing its students for employment. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. John Kline, R. Minn., was passed as an amendment to the FY2011 Continuing Resolution, which would fund the federal government through the end of September.
Duncan Appoints Five Leadership Conference Executive Committee Members to Education Equity Commission
February 18, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Thursday appointed 28 education, advocacy, business, and law professionals – including five members of the Executive Committee of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights – to the Department of Education's Equity and Excellence Commission.
February 15, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
The American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates yesterday unanimously adopted of a resolution in support of laws, policies and programs “to prevent and remediate” bullying, cyberbullying, and harassment in schools and communities.
February 4, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
A group of civil rights, education, labor, and consumer organizations, including The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, sent a letter yesterday to the Department of Education in support of a proposed regulation of for-profit colleges that will spare millions of students "entry into a proven dead-end educational track, while also sparing taxpayers otherwise on the hook for their federal student loans."
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