Category Archives: Education

Black Teachers Matter

As we celebrate Black History Month, we pay special attention to the role — and diminishing presence — of Black teachers in our public schools.    Today’s research speaks to the critical impact of Black teachers on Black students in particular: the dropout rate of Black male students decreases by more than one third when they encounter even

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Boston School Police Sharing Student Information With Federal Authorities

Joint Statement from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice; Multicultural Education, Training & Advocacy, Inc.; and The Center for Law and Education Boston School Police Sharing Student Information With Federal Authorities A document released today by civil rights advocates directly contradicts denials from the Boston Public Schools (BPS) and U.S. Immigration and

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On MLK Day, Our 50-Year Quest for Justice

Today, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we kick off our 50th Anniversary.  The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice was founded in 1968 in the midst of the assassination of Dr. King, and the findings of the Kerner Commission (which concluded that the nation was “moving toward two societies, one black, one white –

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Yesterday, we got an award! Today, we’re back in the trenches.

Yesterday, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice received the Boston Bar Association’s Beacon Award for Diversity and Inclusion.     This award recognizes the importance of our life-changing and law-changing work. We foster equal opportunity and fight discrimination on behalf of people of color and immigrants. We engage in creative and courageous legal action,

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Public School Students, NAACP Present Argument to Supreme Judicial Court in Charter Cap Case

Monday, October 2nd – When the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held oral argument on the appeal of Doe v. Peyser, a lawsuit that sought to declare Massachusetts’ cap on charter schools unconstitutional, it heard from public school students and civil rights and education justice organizations who successfully argued for the lawsuit’s dismissal last fall. The

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Lawyers’ Committee Receives Sociedad Latina’s “Nuestra Voz” (Our Voice) Award

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice received the prestigious “Nuestra Voz” (Our Voice) Award from Sociedad Latina on September 21, 2017, in an event celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. The Lawyers’ Committee promotes equal opportunity and fights discrimination on behalf of people of color and immigrants with creative and courageous legal action, education, and

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Anti-Immigrant Messages in Somerville, MA

Statement in Response to Anti-Immigrant Messages in Somerville, MA In Somerville, MA, virulently anti-immigrant messages threatened students with deportation this week. These racist messages foster a climate of fear that interferes with students’ social and academic progress. The messages push already vulnerable families and children deeper into the shadows. We condemn messages of racism and hate. We

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