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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.

How to Respond to Racist Incidents

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

Paul Young, the president of Sheridan College, was about to meet with Wyoming’s governor to discuss community-college budgets when a call came in — someone had scrawled a racial slur on a whiteboard outside the dorm room of two of Sheridan’s female Native American students.

Then the texts started rolling in — from legislators, and from

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5 Takeaways From Turning Point’s Plan to ‘Commandeer’ Campus Elections

By | April 10th, 2018|Education|

The 28-page Turning Point USA brochure is titled “The Foundational Structure For Winning Back Our Universities,” and it is clearly written with the organization’s donors in mind. Its pages offer a glimpse into the funding and strategy that the controversial conservative nonprofit group has used to try to influence student-government elections at colleges and universities

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California’s Higher Ed Diversity Problem

By | April 10th, 2018|Education|

In 1996, right after voters in California banned affirmative action in employment and college admissions, minority student enrollment at two and four-year institutions plummeted. What has happened since though, is pretty remarkable.

Of the 2.8 million students attending college in California today, two out of three come from racially and ethnically diverse populations. The most eye-popping

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Government Watchdog Finds Racial Bias in School Discipline

By | April 5th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

WASHINGTON — Black students continue to be disciplined at school more often and more harshly than their white peers, often for similar infractions, according to a new report by Congress’s nonpartisan watchdog agency, which counters claims fueling the Trump administration’s efforts to re-examine discipline policies of the Obama administration.

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Report Card: States Fail High-Achieving Low-Income Students

By | March 22nd, 2018|Education|

States have made little progress in supporting high-achieving, low-income students, according to a new report by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

Released this week, the second edition of the report “Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities” issued several recommendations for states to promote educational excellence and close income-based “excellence gaps.”

Read more in Diverse

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Waiting List: California Leads In Educating the Incarcerated

By | March 22nd, 2018|Education, Police & Community|

California leads the nation in offering college opportunities to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students, according to a recent joint study by the Stanford Criminal Justice Center and The Opportunity Institute.

As of fall 2017, nearly 4,500 incarcerated state prison inmates in California were enrolled in face-to-face community college classes in 34 of the state’s 35 prisons,

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San Diego Community College District Models Support for Men of Color

By | March 15th, 2018|Education|

San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) has strategically increased its support of Hispanic and Black men in the last few years, making the district a leader in improving outcomes for the historically underserved groups.

Through programs such as Mesa Academy/Umoja, Puente, Hermanos Unidos/Brothers United (HUBU) and the Extended Opportunity Program and Services, the district engages

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A Former Neo-Nazi Lays Bare the Campus Strategy of White Supremacists

By | March 15th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

Christian Picciolini spent his teens and early 20s handing out hate literature at punk-rock concerts, chanting the American neo-Nazi creed at rallies, and beating up black kids in his suburban Chicago neighborhood.

He was a “white power” skinhead who devoured the racism of The Turner Diaries and toured the United States — and Germany — with

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California Department of Education rules teacher’s use of anti-Muslim materials in class was discriminatory

By | March 8th, 2018|Education, Intergroup Relations|

The California Department of Education has ruled that a middle school teacher in Ventura County presented material about Islamic Sharia Law that was discriminatory and biased.

In January, the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Los Angeles chapter filed an appealon behalf of a Ventura County family whose son received instructional material taken from an anti-Muslim website

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The American Campus, Under Siege: Now under fire from an array of forces on the right, colleges must learn how to weather the attacks

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

When hundreds of torch-wielding white supremacists ended up on the University of Virginia campus last August, it wasn’t because they were lost.

The public university was an easy target for a group of far-right-wingers who wanted to take the fight to the heart of Blue America. They would use guerrilla tactics against an institution that, while

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