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Groups Say Common Core Needed to Fulfill Promise of Brown Decision

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

On Monday, The Leadership Conference joined with several other civil rights and education groups in signing onto a full-page ad placed in the New York Times to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the landmark school desegregation decision in Brown v. Board of Education and to demonstrate their strong, united support for the equitable implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

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Categories: Education

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Department of Education: Charter Schools Must Comply With Civil Rights Laws

Friday, May 16, 2014

Days before the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on Wednesday released guidance to verify explicitly that federal civil rights laws that apply to public schools also apply to public charter schools.

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Categories: Education

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Administration Tells Public Schools Not to Deny Students Over Immigration Status

Friday, May 9, 2014

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on Thursday issued updated guidance to public elementary and secondary schools to ensure that no child is denied equal access to education, no matter their immigration status.

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Categories: Education, Immigration

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Departments of Education and Justice: Race-Conscious Methods of Achieving Diversity Still Permissible

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on Tuesday sent a letter providing guidance to confirm that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, issued last month, leaves untouched previous Court holdings on the permissibility of race-conscious methods of achieving diversity goals at elementary and secondary schools.

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Categories: Education

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Spotlight on Humphrey Honoree: Sen. Tom Harkin

Friday, May 2, 2014

On May 15, the civil and human rights community will honor Sen. Tom Harkin with its highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award, for his lifelong commitment to equality and equal opportunity.

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Categories: The Leadership Conference

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White House Releases Report on Big Data and Privacy

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Following a 90-day review of big data policies, the White House today released “Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values” – a move that was applauded by civil rights groups for its emphasis on critical civil rights concerns.

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Categories: Discrimination, Media & Technology

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Over One Thousand Law Professors and Deans Express Concern Over Blocked Adegbile Nomination

Thursday, May 1, 2014

A letter from more than 1,000 law professors and deans this week questioned the message the Senate sent in March when it filibustered the nomination of Debo Adegbile as assistant attorney general for civil rights at the Department of Justice.

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Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement Agencies

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Minimum Wage Bill Blocked in Senate

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Senate today voted (54-42) to block consideration of the Minimum Wage Fairness Act (S.2223), denying higher wages for millions of Americans, including a disproportionate number of African Americans, Latinos, women, and LGBT workers. The bill needed 60 votes in order to advance to a vote on the Senate floor.

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Categories: Jobs & Economy, Poverty & Welfare

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Spotlight on Humphrey Honoree: Eliseo Medina

Friday, April 25, 2014

On May 15, the civil and human rights community will honor Eliseo Medina with its highest honor, the Hubert. H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award. Medina is one of the nation’s most ardent and successful labor organizers and an expert at building diverse coalitions among local community and national partners.

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Categories: Immigration, The Leadership Conference

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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Voter Initiative Banning Race-Conscious Admissions

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

In a 6-2 decision today in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (companion case Schuette v. Cantrell), the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling and upheld a Michigan voter initiative that bans the practice of race-conscious admissions to the state’s public universities.

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Categories: Education, Equal Opportunity, Promoting Diversity

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