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Press Release 04.6.22

Civil Rights and Community Leaders Address Governor Youngkin’s Whitewashing of History 

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund, NAACP, and People For the American Way today held a telephone press briefing to launch the Black History Is American History campaign, an initiative to elevate the central role of Black history in America’s history and push back on the whitewashing efforts of Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin. The speakers called for parents and educators to use Governor Youngkin’s so-called “tip line” to voice their support for an inclusive curriculum and teaching that provides students with the accurate information they need to lead a diverse Virginia into the future. 

Press Release 04.6.22

Black History Is American History Campaign Launched in Response to Governor Youngkin’s Whitewashing 

WASHINGTON – In response to Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin’s so-called “tip line” to report teacher behavior and his executive order prohibiting the teaching of so-called “inherently divisive concepts,” The Leadership Conference Education Fund, NAACP, and People For the American Way today launched the Black History Is American History campaign, an initiative to elevate the central role of Black history in America’s history and push back on the whitewashing efforts of Governor Youngkin. The campaign will share directly with the governor’s office the widespread support for inclusive curriculum and teaching that provides students with the accurate information they need to lead a diverse Virginia into the future. 

Press Release 04.27.21

New Policy Brief Calls for Prioritization of Education Over Criminalization During Tough Budget Fights

WASHINGTON — A policy brief released today by The Leadership Conference Education Fund shows that, in previous moments of economic crisis, state policymakers have moved to cut education spending in favor of protecting funding for prisons, police, and courts — a choice with particularly harmful consequences in high-poverty, Black, Native, Latino, and immigrant communities.

Press Release 10.17.19

Civil Rights Groups: For-Profit Colleges Exploit Black and Latino Students

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund released its policy brief, “Gainful Employment: A Civil Rights Perspective,” today describing the exploitation of Black and Latino students by for-profit colleges and urging the Department of Education to enforce the Higher Education Act and protect students. Twenty-one civil rights, consumer lending, and education groups signed onto the brief, demanding Secretary DeVos propose a new rule to advance equity and protect students’ civil rights.

Press Release 09.4.19

Civil Rights Coalition: Time for Action on School Climate

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund released “Civil Rights Principles for Safe, Healthy, and Inclusive School Climates” today to urge policymakers and other stakeholders to ensure that all students can learn in safe, healthy, and inclusive environments. Fifty-seven civil rights and education organizations signed onto the principles, asking members of Congress to fulfill their role in helping educators and communities create and maintain safe schools that afford all students equal educational opportunities by incorporating these principles into all relevant legislation.

Press Release 08.23.19

ADVISORY: Higher Education Experts Host Media Briefing on Civil Rights Policy Briefs

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund will hold an ethnic media briefing on Friday, August 30, at 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT to discuss our recently released policy recommendations for incorporating the Higher Education Civil Rights Coalition’s 10 civil rights principles into higher education legislation. The recommendations were drafted to engage and educate diverse stakeholders and policymakers seeking reform in higher education to offer meaningful equal opportunity and success for all students, especially students of color who have been historically marginalized.

Press Release 07.10.19

Policy Recommendations Advance Civil Rights in Higher Education

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund today released key recommendations for ways in which policymakers can protect civil rights through higher education policy. The 10 policy briefs, based on The Education Fund’s 2018 civil rights principles, articulate the changes needed to create a higher education system that offers meaningful equal opportunity and success for all students, particularly the historically marginalized.

Press Release 05.22.19

Education Department Must Enforce Protections for Students with Disabilities

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference Education Fund, released the following statement on the Department of Education’s recognition that the Equity in IDEA regulation is in effect. The regulation will calculate significant disproportionality in placement and evaluation of students of color in special education programs:

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