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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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Faith Leaders Celebrate MLK's Legacy and Make Renewed Call to Action for Civil and Human Rights

August 26, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty

On Saturday, August 28, faith leaders and civil and human rights advocates will gather at Shiloh Baptist Church to commemorate the 47th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and commit themselves to renewed activism for social justice.

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Report Finds Longer School Days Beneficial

July 26, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

A report released by Mathematica Policy Research finds that the extended learning time at Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) schools helps their students outperform their counterparts at other public schools.  Twenty-two KIPP middle schools were observed, including two in Washington, D.C.

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Student Activists Rally in Support of the DREAM Act

July 22, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

 

Immigrant rights activists gathered at the Capitol this Tuesday to rally in support of the DREAM Act.

While protesters rallied outside the Hart Senate Office Building, 21 undocumented immigrant college students staged sit-ins at congressional offices in support of their right to an education. At the conclusion of the sit-ins, these students were arrested and turned over to federal immigration enforcement to face possible deportation proceedings.

The DREAM Act is bipartisan legislation that would provide a path to legal citizenship to children of undocumented immigrants – many of whom have lived in the United States nearly all their lives – provided that they earn a college degree or serve two years in the military. Civil and human rights groups strongly support this legislation as a common sense policy that promotes education, public service, and civic society for all.

For more resources on the DREAM Act and how you can get involved, visit dreamact.info.

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Report Shows Economic Benefits of Decreasing High School Dropout Rate

July 22, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Reducing the number of high school dropouts by 50 percent can lead to tremendous economic benefits, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education.

Drawing on data from the largest 45 metropolitan areas, the report reinforces the link between education and the economy. In these areas, 39 percent of high school students do not graduate on time with a standard diploma. However, if the national dropout rate were halved for just one graduating class in these areas, the new graduates could earn more than $4.1 billion in combined earnings, spend an additional $2.8 billion, and support up to 30,000 new jobs.

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Poll Finds Large Majority of Americans Want Federal Action on High School Reform

July 16, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

A national opinion poll released yesterday showed that the majority of voters believe the nation's public high schools are in urgent need of improvement that should be addressed when the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation's primary federal education law, is reauthorized.

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Advocates Ask Court to Block $1.08 Billion Cut in Funding for New Jersey Schools

June 14, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The Education Law Center filed a motion last week on behalf of more than 300,000 New Jersey public school students asking the New Jersey Supreme Court to uphold and enforce its ruling supporting the school funding formula in the state's School Funding Reform Act (SFRA).

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Civil Rights Groups Say Implementation of New English and Math Standards for Students Is Key to Success

June 8, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) recently released the Common Core State Standards, which will determine what American students should learn in English and math each year from kindergarten through 12th grade. 

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Advocates Call for Education Reforms that Meet the Full Range of Student Needs

May 3, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

In a hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, representatives from the Higher Achievement program and other education reform organizations highlighted programs that are critical to meeting the dynamic needs of students in public education.

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Education Experts Say Teacher Training and Support Are Key to Education Act Reauthorization

April 26, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Education professionals testifying recently before the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions said that increased teacher training and support are essential elements to the upcoming reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

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Leadership Conference Statement on the D.C. Public Schools and the Washington Teachers Union Labor Agreement

April 8, 2010 - Posted by Wade Henderson

"The Leadership Conference applauds the tentative labor agreement reached this week between the D.C. Public Schools and the Washington Teachers Union after two years of negotiation and the mediation of Howard Law School Dean Kurt Schmoke.

As the nation's premier civil and human rights coalition, The Leadership Conference believes that quality education is a civil right for every child. This agreement demonstrates the mutual desire of teachers and school administrators to work together to make that right a reality for the District's children. It also recognizes that quality teaching is the most important factor in providing a quality education and provides the District's teachers, who often work under challenging conditions, with the tools and support they need to succeed.

Once this agreement is ratified, it will be up to everyone – administrators, teachers, parents, community leaders and the elected and appointed leaders of the District – to build an environment where teaching and learning are valued, and where children develop the skills and knowledge they will need to enter college and the 21st century workforce.  If well implemented, this agreement and the D.C. Public Schools can serve as examples for the nation on how to work collaboratively to ensure a quality education for all children."

+Washington Post editorial on the agreement

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