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Next to complaints relating to law enforcement, the concern for schools and education generates the greatest demand for the attention of human relations commissions. Because school decision making is diffused between boards of education, school administrators, and faculties human rights commissions are usually not able to establish strong working relationships with the education community and special strategies need to be developed.

Outstanding resources and model programs are available that cover just about every facet of education that would be of concern to a commission. Commissions may form education committees to examine specific needs, identify resources and programs, and develop strategies.

This Public College Wants to Punish 2 Students for Hate Speech. Is That Legal?

By | January 16th, 2020|Education, Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

The University of Connecticut violated two students’ free-speech rights by attempting to expel them from college housing for allegedly using a racial slur, a new lawsuit says, raising the question of whether a university has the authority to punish offensive speech on its campus.

The students, Ryan Mucaj and Jarred Karal, both seniors, were arrested in

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Boys, girls and genders in-between: A classroom lesson for modern third-graders

By | December 17th, 2019|Education, Intergroup Relations, LGBTQ+|

School counselor Holly Baxter had prepared for this moment for months. She gathered the third-graders of Red Oak Elementary on the carpet for story time, opened the picture book and began to read.

Casey, she said, likes to play with blocks and his dump truck, but he also loves things that glitter and shine.

Casey admires his

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Central American studies was the most important class I ever took

By | December 13th, 2019|Education, Intergroup Relations|

The U.S. southern border has become synonymous with crisis, and that crisis synonymous with the countries of Central America, particularly El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

In the ProPublica audio that went viral last year of crying children who were separated from their parents at the border, their tiny voices spoke a Central American vernacular of Spanish.

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40% of Muslim students surveyed in California say they’ve been bullied at school, report finds

By | October 17th, 2019|Education, Intergroup Relations, Police & Community|

Ahlam Elabed’s son has been called a “terrorist,” mocked and humiliated at Redlands High School because he is Muslim, she said.

Her son’s classmates mocked him with chants of “Allahu Akbar” and pulled his pants down in PE class, Elabed said, speaking Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Council for American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) Anaheim office.

CAIR’s California chapter

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Higher Ed Faces Affirmative Action, Other Equity and Diversity Issues in Courts

By | July 18th, 2019|Education, Intergroup Relations|

As court battles wage over affirmative action, academics with legal expertise see other actual and potential points of litigation that could have a major impact on diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.

“The smart money is that affirmative action’s days are numbered,” said Justin Driver, the Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law and the Ludwig

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Segregation has soared in America’s schools as federal leaders largely looked away

By | July 8th, 2019|Education|

Nearly 50 years have passed since Kamala Harris joined the legions of children bused to schools in distant neighborhoods as the United States attempted to integrate its racially segregated public schools.

Yet the consequences of racial and economic segregation remain a fact of daily life for millions of black and Latino children….

Los Angeles Times

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