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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.

Suspensions in California schools drop, but trouble spots remain

By | September 24th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

What youth and civil rights advocates have called a decades-long suspension epidemic in California schools is showing signs of subsiding, with a new report finding that suspensions have dropped significantly across all student groups over a recent five-year period.

But alarming levels of lost days of instruction from suspensions remain, especially among African-Americans, Native Americans and students with

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AT UC-BERKELEY, A PLAN TO WELCOME UNDERSERVED STUDENTS PROVOKES THE IRE OF ONE ASIAN-AMERICAN GROUP

By | September 21st, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

An Asian-American student advocacy group has accused the University of California–Berkeley of enacting racially conscious admissions policies that the group says would disadvantage Asian-American applicants, a charge the university has rejected as baseless. The standoff comes amid a lawsuit involving similar allegations against Harvard University, which many decry as a bid by conservatives to undercut access

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Scholars Believe Supreme Court Likely to End Affirmative Action with Kavanaugh

By | September 14th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

Scholars from coast to coast expect the Senate Judiciary Committee to confirm U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh – and they expect him to help end affirmative action by ruling against it in cases that reach the high court.

Affirmative action programs and policies, enacted by U.S. public and private institutions dating back to the

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Would the Education Dept.’s New Title IX Rules Really Save Colleges Money?

By | September 12th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

As the Education Department tells it, colleges and schools could collectively save hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade under its forthcoming sexual-misconduct regulations.

That’s because the proposed rules — at least, in their draft form — would lower the bar for when colleges must conduct sexual-assault or sexual-harassment investigations under Title IX, the

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Allegations of racism at Orange County high school football game underscore broader tension in the Trump era

By | September 10th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

The fallout over allegations of racism at a recent Orange County high school football game erupted on social media over the weekend, reflecting the broader tension gripping the country in the Trump era.

The disputed incidents occurred at Friday night’s contest between Aliso Niguel and Santa Ana high schools, during which Santa Ana Principal Jeff Bishop

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An ‘Unprecedented’ Direction for Title IX

By | September 10th, 2018|Education, Police & Community|

In an unparalleled decision and a win for those who feel due process has been shunned in campus investigations of sexual assault, a federal appeals court has ruled that universities must allow students in these cases — or their representatives — to directly question their accuser in a live hearing.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for

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Pioneering Eugenics in 2018?

By | September 10th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

The Pioneer Fund was established in a 1937 with the goal of promoting “race betterment” — as in the white race — and it has long funded research that supports or could support a link between race and intelligence. So, in 2018, when mainstream science has debunked any such link, is the Pioneer Fund still

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This College Is on the Front Lines of America’s Divides. Here’s How It’s Working to Bridge Them.

By | September 7th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

On the front lines of the nation’s divides are campuses like MiraCosta College’s.

The community college, which stretches 25 miles along the Southern California coast, includes precincts that voted for Donald Trump and those that voted for Hillary Clinton. It includes communities where the median property value is $2 million and those where the median annual

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Black Activists Need Not Apply

By | September 6th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

College admissions leaders say — over and over again — that they want to recruit minority students. But a new study suggests that when it comes to black students, admissions officers may be more likely to encourage those who aren’t involved in black activism.

The study was just published in the journal Sociology of Race and

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Asian-American Students Suing Harvard Over Affirmative Action Win Justice Dept. Support

By | August 31st, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department lent its support on Thursday to students who are suing Harvard University over affirmative action policies that they claim discriminate against Asian-American applicants, in a case that could have far-reaching consequences in college admissions.

In a so-called statement of interest, the department supported the claims of the plaintiffs, a group of

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