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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Department of Education Clarifies Schools’ Responsibility to Keep Students Safe from Bullying and Harassment
November 1, 2010 - Posted by Avril Lighty
The Department of Education recently issued guidance to educators on when acts of student bullying could violate federal education anti-discrimination laws.
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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