Tag Archives: educational equity

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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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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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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Lawyers’ Committee Investigating Amherst-Pelham’s Treatment of Parent Challenging Racial Harassment

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice has sent a public and student records request to the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District regarding the treatment a mother and her daughter received from the district this past school year. Specifically, the Lawyers’ Committee is requesting information on the district’s use of “Stay Away Orders” like

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Boston Public Schools’ Report Highlights Racial Bias at Boston Latin School

Boston Public Schools’ Report Highlights Racial Bias at Boston Latin School BOSTON, MA – Yesterday, the Boston Public Schools’ Office of Equity released the findings of its second round of investigation into the racial climate at Boston Latin School.  The breadth of this investigation is commendable, covering over 100 reported incidents of identity-based bias compared to seven

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