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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.

Litigation Ban Advances, and Controversy Escalates

By | August 2nd, 2017|Education, Intergroup Relations|

A committee of the University of North Carolina system Board of Governors voted Tuesday to bar a prominent university civil rights center from engaging in litigation, a decision that alarmed both civil rights and academic freedomadvocates.

The Committee on Educational Planning, Policies and Programs voted 5 to 1, with one member abstaining,

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What You Need to Know About Race-Conscious Admissions in 2017

By | August 2nd, 2017|Education, Intergroup Relations|

The New York Times reported on Tuesday evening that the U.S. Department of Justice is planning “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.” The report was based on an internal document from the department that left many questions unanswered. Read more about what this could look like

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Justice Dept. to Take On Affirmative Action in College Admissions

By | August 2nd, 2017|Education, Intergroup Relations|

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants, according to a document obtained by The New York Times.

The document, an internal announcement

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Losing the White Working Class, Too

By | July 31st, 2017|Education, Intergroup Relations|

Many professors and college leaders were stunned and concerned by recent data showing that more than half of Republicans say that colleges have a negative impact on the U.S., with wealthier, older and more educated Republicans being least positive.

Now comes a new poll with skepticism about higher education — this time

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Kern High School District settles with parents who felt their children were targeted for being minorities

By | July 31st, 2017|Education, Intergroup Relations|

Keschel Collins Sherman wanted her kids to grow up in better circumstances than she did.

So the childcare worker and mother of six moved to Bakersfield and sent her son Jerry Reagor to the city’s Foothill High School.

Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

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School segregation didn’t go away. It just evolved.

By | July 28th, 2017|Education|

Their idea was simple: to create their own school district.

Their stated reason was simple: Schools do better when they’re part of smaller, city-based districts where they can make hyperlocal decisions.

So five years ago, organizers in Gardendale, Alabama, decided it was time to secede from the Jefferson County School District — because of

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He Called the School Board Racist. Now, He’s Joined It.

By | July 25th, 2017|Education, Intergroup Relations|

DECATUR, Ill. — Back when he was a member of a notorious street gang, Courtney Carson was as loyal as they come. When he heard that a confidant had flipped from the Black Stones to the rival Gangster Disciples, he rounded up some friends and confronted the defector at a high

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Senators Durbin, Graham Try to Jump-start Dream Act

By | July 21st, 2017|Education, Immigration|

WASHINGTON — Two U.S. Senators called on President Donald J. Trump and their fellow lawmakers Thursday to support their bipartisan effort to win passage of the Dream Act.

The Senators introduced the bill anew Thursday after 16 years of stymied attempts to pass the legislation that would grant legal status to those brought to the United

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A Work in Progress

By | July 20th, 2017|Education, Intergroup Relations, LGBT|

WASHINGTON — In a speech to presidents, chancellors and leaders of historically black colleges and universities, a Georgia congressman told them what has already been widely acknowledged — that their institutions historically have been slow to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

The message from Representative Henry Johnson, a Democrat, was not a critical one,

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