Category Archives: Education

Boston Globe Calls for Action on Exam School Diversity

The Boston Globe Editorial Board calls for “more urgency” in closing Boston Latin’s diversity gap, citing the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice: “There is simply nothing meritorious about a public school admissions policy that favors those who can pay for private test preparation,” said Matt Cregor, the Education Project Director of the

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Response to Racial Discrimination at Mystic Valley Charter School

On May 12, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice learned that Mystic Valley Charter School is disciplining of African-American schoolgirls for wearing braids. Today, we sent a letter in response to the school’s discriminatory policy. We do so for three reasons: First, the parents in today’s article expressed concern that White students

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Incoming Exam School Classes Fail to Reflect Boston’s Diversity, Especially at Boston Latin School

Incoming Exam School Classes Fail to Reflect Boston’s Diversity, Especially at Boston Latin School Civil Rights Groups Call for Citywide Review of Exam School Admissions May 9, 2017 Boston, MA: Admissions data for Boston’s incoming exam school classes show that the troubling trend of under-enrollment of African Americans and Latinos continues in Boston’s exam schools,

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AERA Centennial Lecture Focuses on Racial Disparities in School Discipline, Solutions

On April 12th, the American Educational Research Association (AERA) dedicated one of its Centennial Lectures to addressing racial disparities in school discipline.  Dr. Russ Skiba, whose research on this subject has significantly shaped efforts to counter the School-to-Prison Pipeline, delivered the lecture.  Matt Cregor, LCCR’s Education Project Director, served as commentator. You can watch the video here.

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Statement on the Educational Rights of Immigrant Students

Statement on the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Letter on the Educational Rights of Immigrant Students The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice applauds Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey for today’s letter on the educational rights of immigrant students. Our Constitution demands equal protection – not just for U.S. citizens, but for all persons.  Thirty

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Responding to Unprecedented Civil Rights Challenges

Responding to Unprecedented Civil Rights Challenges The federal government has all but abandoned its commitment to enforcing our nation’s civil rights laws. The federal government is impeding progress in voting rights and police accountability cases. Right now,  immigrants and refugees are being detained and interrogated in airports. Overnight, we’ve had to create a shield to

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Lawyers’ Committee Promises to be the Community’s Legal Protectors

The Lawyers’ Committee Promises to be the Community’s Legal Protectors (Bay State Banner) Following the election of Donald Trump, phone calls poured into the offices of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. The dominant theme: The climate at school and work had turned overtly hostile, as if many had taken the election

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As School Discipline Disparities Rise, LCCR Releases Toolkit for Families and Educators to Improve Discipline

According to new data released by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, one-year after implementing Massachusetts’ new school discipline law, out-of-school suspension rates are climbing slightly, but especially for students of color, English Language Learners, and Students with Disabilities. The Enterprise: “Racial Disparity Remains in School Suspension Rates”  “The last thing we want

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Students File Brief Defending Harvard’s Affirmative Action Policies

A group of current and prospective Harvard College students filed an amicus brief in support of race-conscious affirmative action policies in an ongoing lawsuit between Harvard and an anti-affirmative action group, according to the Harvard Crimson.  The brief was filed by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice and our allies. The amicus

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