Starting with its role in filing Morgan v. Hennigan, Boston’s school desegregation case, Lawyers for Civil Rights has worked to protect the civil and educational rights of Massachusetts’ students. Today, our Education Project addresses a variety of educational matters in charter schools and traditional public schools.
The Education Project monitors key issues of educational equity in Boston and across the Commonwealth. These issues include student assignment, transportation, school closures, teacher diversity, and other factors considered by federal courts both today and in Boston’s school desegregation order. To address these matters, the Education Project engages in litigation, policy advocacy, and administrative advocacy, including filing complaints with the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The Education Project pays particular attention to school discipline – namely, the high rates of out-of-school punishments and school-based arrests in some charter schools and traditional public schools; and the disparate use of these practices on students of color and students with disabilities. In 2012, LCR supported the passage of a state law to curb the overuse of exclusionary punishments. Through filing civil rights complaints and engaging in public advocacy, the Education Project is working to see the law implemented faithfully and fairly.
Education Reports & Toolkits:
View our comprehensive 2018 report, Unfinished Business, and our original 2015 report, Not Measuring Up: The State of School Discipline in Massachusetts.
View our groundbreaking toolkit for students, families, teachers, and community members who want to improve discipline in their schools.
News and Resources
Nov 30, 23Joint Statement: Walpole and Civil Rights Advocates
Oct 10, 23Congressional Briefing on Legacy Preferences
Oct 03, 23DEI In Massachusetts Public Schools: A Legal And Practical Guide
Sep 12, 23Dismantling Discriminatory Hairstyle Rules
Sep 05, 23LCR’s Legal Warriors at the HNBA National Conference
Jul 26, 23Federal Civil Rights Investigation: Harvard’s Legacy/Donor Admissions
Jul 14, 23City of Boston Retreats from Diversity Efforts
Jul 03, 23Federal Civil Rights Complaint Challenges Harvard’s Legacy Admissions
Jun 29, 23Window Still Exists for Schools to Consider Race
Feb 02, 23Diversifying Vocational Schools in Massachusetts
Oct 31, 22LCR’s Civil Rights Summit
Sep 27, 22Launching the Lauren Sampson Fellowship
Aug 09, 22Defending Diversity in Higher Education in the Supreme Court
May 23, 22Opposition to Receivership in Boston
Oct 07, 21Federal Court Rejects Admissions Challenge to Boston’s Selective Public Schools
Sep 15, 21Closing the Digital Divide
Apr 28, 21Victory! Federal Appeals Court Rejects Attempt to Hold Up School Decisions
Apr 16, 21Victory on Boston’s Selective Public Schools