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April 24, 2017

Advocacy Groups Urge DeVos to Rethink Approach to Civil Rights

A coalition of advocacy organizations are concerned about U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' early moves with respect to civil rights, including her pick as acting head of the office for civil rights.

December 30, 2016

Education Official to Lead the Civil Rights Commission

Catherine E. Lhamon, the Education Department's current assistant secretary for civil rights, was appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in December and was selected by its members to be chairwoman.

December 12, 2016

Civil Rights Groups Blast Betsy DeVos' 'Lack of Respect' for Student Diversity

How Trump and DeVos (if she is confirmed by the Senate) will handle civil rights issues at the Education Department has been one of the major questions surrounding her.

December 08, 2016

Annual Civil Rights Complaints to Ed. Dept. More Than Doubled Since 2008

The Education Department's office for civil rights, which got 16,720 complaints in fiscal 2016, has taken heat from Republicans in Congress and others about its guidance and enforcement approach.

November 09, 2016

Trump Set to Shift Gears on Civil Rights, ESSA, Says a K-12 Transition-Team Leader

President-elect Donald Trump also will work to ensure "a new way of how to deliver public education," said Gerard Robinson, a former Florida and Virginia state chief.

June 15, 2016

Education Dept. Releases Guidance on Gender Equity in Career and Technical Ed.

The "Dear Colleague" letter, dated Wednesday, says the persistent under-representation of girls and women in CTE programs can hinder the earning power in their careers, along with other harmful impacts.

May 17, 2016

Share of High-Poverty, Racially Isolated Schools Rising, GAO Report Says

The percentage of schools serving students who mostly are black and Hispanic and also from low-income backgrounds has ticked up in recent years, the Government Accountability Office finds.

May 04, 2016

A Breakdown of Resolved Federal Civil Rights Complaints From Last Year

A report from the Education Department on 2015 complaints show that language-bias cases are on the rise, and in most states, civil rights complaints related to disabilities were the most common.

April 28, 2016

Civil Rights Groups To Feds: Your ESSA Rules Must Push Equity, Disruptive or Not

The backdrop for this is the tetchy debate over "supplement-not-supplant." That part of ESSA requires federal money not to be used to fill gaps left by state and local funding systems.

March 29, 2016

Lawsuit: N.C. Restrictions on Transgender Restroom Access Violate Federal Law

The suit, by Lambda Legal, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, and Equality North Carolina, claims that the law violates the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Title IX.

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