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.
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, 202020 Annual Report
Nov 11, 20Open Letter to Biden/Harris Transition Team
Nov 04, 20The Repair Work Begins Now
Oct 14, 20Exam School Admissions and COVID-19
Sep 17, 20Digital Racial Gap in Boston Public Schools
Aug 31, 20Statement on Boston’s Exam School Admission Errors
Jul 23, 20Student Advocacy Groups Sue BPS and BPD for Records on Information Sharing With ICE
Jul 12, 20Calling on BPS To Scrap The Test
Jun 09, 20Defund School Police
May 29, 20Coronavirus Pandemic Response
May 28, 20Defending Diversity in Higher Education
Apr 23, 20Data on Boston’s Exam Schools
Apr 12, 20Coronavirus Legal Warriors
Mar 17, 20Legal Responses to COVID-19
Mar 13, 20Emergency Measures Needed
Mar 11, 20Boston’s New ICE Policy Excludes Community Voices
Feb 06, 20Support for Black Lives Matter at School Week
Feb 05, 20Smoking Gun Reveals Extent of Boston’s Intentional Exclusion of Students of Color from Exam Schools