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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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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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The Leadership Conference Responds to Reports That Civil Rights Complaints to the Department of Education Are Up

October 18, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

The Associated Press reported last week that the Department of Education has received a record number of complaints that the civil rights of students are being violated. According to the AP, the complaints are up 11 percent this fiscal year to about 7,000. The complaints range from racial disparities in discipline and suspension rates to inadequate education for English language learners and unequal treatment of students with disabilities.

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Diverse ‘One Nation’ March Highlights Need for Bold Solutions, Voter Turnout in November

October 4, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty

Nearly 200,000 people from across America came together Saturday to rally for "jobs, justice, and education" at the "One Nation Working Together" march on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The march was designed to spur elected officials to enact a bold agenda to move our country forward, and to urge voters to take part in the mid-term elections on November 2.

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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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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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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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