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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Federal Court Unanimously Upholds University of Texas’ Equal Opportunity Admissions Policy

January 20, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty

In a significant victory for advancing equal opportunity in higher education, on January 18, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the constitutionality of University of Texas at Austin's (UT Austin) current admissions policy, which considers race as one of several factors.

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CA Supreme Court Preserves In-State Tuition for Undocumented Students

November 19, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The California Supreme Court this week ruled that undocumented immigrants may continue to be eligible for in-state-tuition rates at California state colleges and universities.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Identifies Six Priorities for Lame Duck Congress

November 10, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Congress returns to work next Monday for the lame-duck session, the last work period of the 111th Congress before the new Congress is sworn in next year. 

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights has identified the following six goals as the civil and human rights community's highest priorities for the lame duck session:

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