Category: Education


School Funding Lawsuit Against State Officials →

Education, Racial Justice
If you are the parent of a child enrolled in a public school in Fall River, Chelsea, Chicopee, Springfield, Lowell, Haverhill, or Orange, please contact Lauren Sampson at lsampson@lawyersforcivilrights.org to find out how you can help secure additional resources for your child's future.  More than a dozen parents from across...

Weaponizing The Census Would Hurt Massachusetts →

Education, Employment, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Weaponizing The Census Would Hurt Massachusetts This op-ed by was published by WBUR's Cognoscenti. It’s tempting, in the wake of the Mueller report and the onslaught of news stories about rogue aides and Russian corruption, to focus on scandalous elements of the Trump administration. But none of these scandals have...

Solutions & Strategies to Diversify Boston’s Exam Schools →

Education, Racial Justice
COMMUNITY FORUM: SOLUTIONS AND STRATEGIES TO DIVERSIFY BOSTON'S EXAM SCHOOLS WHAT: Community Forum on Diversifying Boston's Exam Schools WHO: Lawyers for Civil Rights (LCR); the NAACP Boston Branch; and more than a dozen community groups. Speakers will include: Boston City Councilor Kim Janey Iván Espinoza-Madrigal of Lawyers for Civil Rights...


Condemning Trump Administration’s Assault On Anti-Discrimination Protections →

Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Lawyers for Civil Rights Condemns Trump Administration’s Assault On Anti-Discrimination Protections  As part of its ongoing rollback of civil rights protections, the Trump Administration is directing Justice Department officials to look for ways to eliminate one of the most potent tools of civil rights advocacy: the disparate impact doctrine. Lawyers for Civil...

Response to Anticipated Rollback of Federal Discipline Policies →

Education
Lawyers for Civil Rights Responds to Trump Administration’s Anticipated Rollback of Discipline Policies The U.S. Department of Education is expected to rescind policies created to ensure that schoolchildren of color do not receive disproportionate discipline. Following the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the...

2018 Year-in-Review →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Events, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Check out our latest work. Our 2018 year-in-review is available here: http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018-Year-in-Review.pdf [pdf-embedder url="http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018-Year-in-Review.pdf" title="2018 Year in Review"] Our 2018 year-in-review is available here: http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018-Year-in-Review.pdf

Congressional Resolution Honors Our Achievements →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Events, Health Disparities, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Mass. Lawmakers Introduce Resolution Honoring Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice Bicameral Resolution Marks 50th Anniversary of the Lawyers’ Committee’s Boston Affiliate Text of Resolution (PDF) Washington, DC – United States Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Stephen F. Lynch, along with their colleagues from the Massachusetts congressional delegation,...

Report on Discipline →

Education, Racial Justice
NEW REPORT EXAMINES SCHOOL DISCIPLINE IN MASSACHUSETTS Discipline Rates Drop, But Disconcerting Disparities Remain September 27, 2018 Boston, MA – A comprehensive report issued today by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice examines the state of school discipline in Massachusetts.  The report, Unfinished Business, shows that while measurable progress...

Symposium on the Future of Civil Rights (September 20, 2018) →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Events, Health Disparities, Housing, Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Please join us on September 20th for a groundbreaking civil rights conference at Suffolk Law School. Free registration starts at noon. Lunch will be served. Event will conclude with beer/wine reception. This event is open and free to the public. The program is available here. [pdf-embedder url="http://lawyersforcivilrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/SaveTheDate-Symposium.pdf"]  

Response to Boston Schools Superintendent Resignation →

Education
Response to Boston Schools Superintendent Resignation Last week, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice and our allies filed a groundbreaking suit against the City of Boston, Boston Public Schools and its Superintendent, and the Boston Police Department to obtain public records regarding information sharing with federal immigration...

Free Legal Clinic on July 16 in Roxbury →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Events, Health Disparities, Housing, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
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Rights Groups Sue BPS for Student Information Shared with ICE →

Education
Rights Groups Sue BPS for Student Information Shared with ICE District Refused to Comply with Records Request and State Order after Deportation Proceedings Reveal Student Information-Sharing. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice and a coalition of students’ rights groups, together with Morgan Lewis, filed a lawsuit against...

Civil Rights Groups on Charter Cap Lawsuit Dismissal: Stop Pitting Schools Against Each Other →

Education
Civil Rights Groups’ Statement on Supreme Judicial Court’s Dismissal of Doe v. Peyser It is time for Massachusetts to stop pitting schools against each other and improve the educations of our most vulnerable youth in all schools. Today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) affirmed the dismissal of Doe v....

Boston Civil Rights and Educator Groups Call for Greater Teacher Diversity →

Education
Boston Civil Rights and Educator Groups Call for Greater Teacher Diversity Boston – a group of leading Asian American, Black, and Latino educator and civil rights groups, together with the Boston Teachers Union, released Broken Promises, a call for greater teacher diversity in Boston Public Schools (BPS).   The paper highlights research on the...

Why Are Boston Public Schools Students Being Arrested by ICE? →

Education, Police Accountability, Racial Justice
Why Are Boston Public Schools Students Being Arrested by ICE? The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice calls on the City of Boston to immediately investigate the growing school-to-deportation pipeline entangling Boston Public Schools’ (BPS) students with federal immigration authorities. On the heels of a widely-reported incident where...

Expanding Client Intake and Community Outreach Staff →

Economic Justice, Education, Employment, Health Disparities, Housing, Police Accountability, Racial Justice, Voting Rights
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Expands Client Intake and Community Outreach Staff  The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice (“Lawyers’ Committee”) fosters equal opportunity and fights discrimination on behalf of people of color and immigrants. We engage in creative and courageous legal action, education and advocacy in collaboration...

Black Teachers Matter →

Education, Racial Justice
  As we celebrate Black History Month, we pay special attention to the role — and diminishing presence — of Black teachers in our public schools. Today's research speaks to the critical impact of Black teachers on Black students in particular: the dropout rate of Black male students decreases by more than one...