Category Archives: Education

AERA Centennial Lecture focuses on racial disparities in school discipline, solutions

Boston – On April 12th, the American Educational Research Association 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

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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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Kids Sent Home from School Improperly

Massachusetts schools are skirting a state law meant to curb suspensions by quietly sending students — many of them with special needs — home without properly recording the absences, according to the Boston Herald. Matt Cregor, of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, noted: “We are hearing from families that they are not getting the

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Lawyers’ Committee Applauds Mayor Walsh’s Call for Public Conversations on Race and Equity

Yesterday, at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Martin Walsh announced that he will hold a series of public conversations on race and equity. We applaud Mayor Walsh for encouraging Bostonians to engage in open, transparent, and robust dialogue. As Mayor Walsh aptly noted: “Boston is long overdue for a more open and intentional conversation

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Statement: U.S. Attorney Finds Boston Latin School Violated Federal Civil Rights Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 Civil Rights Groups’ Statement on Finding by U.S. Attorney that Boston Latin School Violated Federal Civil Rights Law Groups Behind Federal Complaint Urge City to Use Agreement to Improve the Racial Climate of Every Boston School Boston, MA: Today, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz found that Boston Latin School (BLS)

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