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 here for 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
Jan 30, 19Community Forum on Exam Schools on Feb. 28 in Roxbury
Jan 03, 19Condemning Trump Administration’s Assault On Anti-Discrimination Protections
Dec 21, 18Response to Anticipated Rollback of Federal Discipline Policies
Nov 20, 182018 Year-in-Review
Nov 16, 18Congressional Resolution Honors Our Achievements
Sep 27, 18Report on Discipline
Sep 07, 18Symposium on the Future of Civil Rights (September 20, 2018)
Jun 26, 18Response to Boston Schools Superintendent Resignation
Jun 23, 18Free Legal Clinic on July 16 in Roxbury
Jun 23, 18Rights Groups Sue BPS for Student Information Shared with ICE
Apr 24, 18Civil Rights Groups on Charter Cap Lawsuit Dismissal: Stop Pitting Schools Against Each Other
Mar 29, 18Boston Civil Rights and Educator Groups Call for Greater Teacher Diversity
Mar 12, 18Why Are Boston Public Schools Students Being Arrested by ICE?
Feb 27, 18Expanding Client Intake and Community Outreach Staff
Feb 08, 18Black Teachers Matter
Jan 25, 18Boston School Police Sharing Student Information With Federal Authorities
Jan 11, 18On MLK Day, Our 50-Year Quest for Justice
Dec 23, 17Joint Statement on Boston Public Schools’ Re-evaluation of Bell Times