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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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Department of Education Provides Guidance to Schools and Colleges on Handling Sexual Violence

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.

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The Leadership Conference Calls for Strong Accountability Measures in ESEA Reform

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.

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Obama Administration Holds Anti-Bullying Conference

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.

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WH Report: Gender Pay Disparities Persist Despite Increase in Women with Higher Education

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. 

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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.

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House Votes to Block Enforcement of 'Gainful Employment' Rules

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.

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American Bar Association Adopts Strong Anti-Bullying Resolution

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.

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Civil Rights Groups Urge Education Department to Issue "Gainful Employment" Regulation

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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New NAEP Science Scores Reveal Significant Achievement Gaps

February 4, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

New data on fourth-, eighth- and 12th-graders' proficiency in science from the National Assessment Governing Board (NABG) reveals significant gaps at every level between White and minority students, as well as gaps among urban students and rural and suburban students.

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National Education Report Card Gives Nation Low Marks in Achievement and Equity

January 21, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty

The nation's schools received an average grade of "C" in the latest edition of Education Week's "Quality Counts," the most comprehensive assessment of American education.

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