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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.

American University is dealing with a racist incident on its campus. It is not alone.

By | May 8th, 2017|Education, Intergroup Relations|

Adonis Billizon-Johnson sat amid a sea of empty blue chairs one recent afternoon, patiently waiting for a town hall forum at American University.

“I want to make sure that I have a seat,” said Billizon-Johnson, a 19-year-old from New Orleans. “I’m pretty sure it will be filled today.”

He was right.

Read more in the Washington Post.

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Four California high school students sue district over suspensions for ‘liking’ racist Instagram posts

By | May 5th, 2017|Education, Intergroup Relations|

Four California high school students have sued a school district after they were suspended over their responses to Instagram posts that included a black student and coach with nooses around their necks.

The students at Albany High School in the Bay Area “liked” or briefly commented on the posts, according to the lawsuit filed this week

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1 in 8 children in California schools have an undocumented parent

By | May 2nd, 2017|Education, Immigration|

Posing significant challenges for educators, about 1 in 8 students in California schools has at least one parent who is undocumented, according to a new brief from the Education Trust-West.

Undocumented children as well as U.S. citizen children with undocumented relatives have experienced heightened anxieties for several years as a result of deportation policies begun under

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Family by Family, How School Segregation Still Happens

By | May 1st, 2017|Education|

Elana Shneyer and Adam Kaufman live a few hundred feet from Public School 165, the Robert E. Simon School, on West 109th Street, at the edge of Morningside Heights in Manhattan. When they started looking for a kindergarten for their son, who will start in the fall, the school was

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The ‘hotbed of anti-Semitism’ isn’t a foreign country. It’s U.S. college campuses, a new report says.

By | April 25th, 2017|Education, Hate Crimes, Intergroup Relations|

As violent attacks against Jews worldwide drop to their lowest in more than 10 years, the United States, particularly college campuses, have been the “hotbed of anti-Semitism,” according to a new report.

The report by researchers at Tel Aviv University, which covers data from 40 countries, found that violent anti-Semitic incidents, which include attacks with and

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North Carolina Civil Rights Center Faces Conservative Ire

By | April 24th, 2017|Education, Intergroup Relations|

RALEIGH, N.C. — A center founded at the University of North Carolina by a civil rights attorney to help the poor and disenfranchised is the latest institution to come under fire from conservatives as they work to leave their mark on the state’s higher education system.

African-American attorney Julius Chambers, who endured firebomb attacks in the

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This group wants to bar children in the U.S. illegally from attending some schools

By | April 5th, 2017|Education, Immigration|

While President Trump awaits the authorization and funds to construct his promised 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border wall, an organization has proposed a local initiative that would keep immigrants who are in the country illegally out of some Inland Empire schools.

Voters in the Yucaipa-Mesa Joint Unified School District — a district split by San Bernardino and Riverside

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Faculty ‘Diversity Statements’ Are Called Threats to Academic Freedom

By | April 3rd, 2017|Education, Intergroup Relations|

The “diversity statements” that many colleges now require of applicants for faculty positions are coming under attack by traditionalists and conservatives as threats to academic freedom.

The Oregon affiliate of the National Association of Scholars has issued a report accusing colleges in that state and elsewhere of creating “ideological litmus tests” for faculty hiring and promotion

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Why Hundreds of Christian Faculty Members Have Signed a ‘Statement of Confession’

By | March 30th, 2017|Education, Intergroup Relations|

A week after the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, faculty and staff of North Park Theological Seminary, in Chicago, posted a statement on an internal online forum declaring their support for “vulnerable populations” in the United States.

“The political climate reveals longstanding national sins of racism, elevation of whiteness, misogyny, nativism, and economic disparity,” wrote the

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