Category Archives: Education

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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Justice Department Challenges Diversity at Harvard

Our response to the Justice Department’s recent opposition to affirmative action and diversity in higher education featured in the Boston Globe: If Jeff Sessions believes in so-called states’ rights, he can start by respecting states’ efforts to promote diversity in their own colleges. That’s what the Supreme Court did again last term for the University

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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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