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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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This Agency Tried to Fix the Race Gap in Juvenile Justice. Then Came Trump

By | September 21st, 2018|Intergroup Relations, Police & Community|

For two decades, the number of children behind bars in the U.S. has been on the decline—but the racial disparity has been dramatically worsening, with black youth several times more likely than their white counterparts to be incarcerated.

A little-known Justice Department agency is supposed to tackle this problem: the Office of

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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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Walking on Campus… While Black

By | September 18th, 2018|Intergroup Relations|

On Friday morning, the tip line at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst received an anonymous call:

“A gentleman, African American, bald, red/white pinstripe shirt, dark khakis, large duffel bag on the right shoulder, hanging off a strap, very heavy hanging on the ground, seemed very agitated, walking up the ramp, into Whitmore

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Many Ways to Be a Girl, but One Way to Be a Boy: The New Gender Rules

By | September 14th, 2018|Intergroup Relations|

Girls have been told they can be anything they want to be, and it shows. They are seizing opportunities closed to previous generations — in science, math, sports and leadership.

But they’re also getting another message: What they look like matters more than any of that.

Boys seem to have been

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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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Limiting the Debate

By | September 13th, 2018|Intergroup Relations|

The Trump administration has made free speech on college campuses a signature issue. Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned last year that college campuses were becoming echo chambers “of political correctness and homogenous thought.”

But civil liberties groups have long warned that a new definition of anti-Semitism quietly adopted by the Education Department would stifle speech on

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Don’t Let the Loud Bigots Distract You. America’s Real Problem With Race Cuts Far Deeper

By | September 12th, 2018|Intergroup Relations|

In a recent viral video, an unidentified white woman in line at a grocery store in Oregon, dressed in a floral romper and black knee-high boots, overheard a black woman’s phone conversation. She believed this black woman was trying to sell food stamps illegally. The exchange became heated, and the white woman was told, in

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In response to Trump policies, some Californians open their homes to asylum seekers

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

When it comes to fighting the Trump administration’s immigration policies, California has two “resistances.” There’s the official one, conducted by politicians, that includes the state’s landmark “sanctuary” law.

Then there’s the unofficial resistance, which includes people like Ann and Kent Moriarty.

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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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