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January 05, 2016

Newtown Families, Teachers' Unions Applaud Obama's Actions on Guns

As he unveiled a new set of actions meant to reduce gun violence, President Obama mentioned failed efforts to pass new gun laws after the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

December 03, 2015

District, Feds Reach Settlement Over Transgender Student's Locker Room Use

The Township High School District 211 in Palatine, Ill., was the first ever to be found in violation of federal civil rights laws over the treatment of a transgender student.

September 30, 2015

Duncan: Fight 'School-to-Prison Pipeline,' Shift Funds From Prisons to Teachers

The education secretary says that much could be saved by redirecting some non-violent offenders away from prison, and the money used to boost salaries at high-poverty schools.

July 22, 2015

Discipline Disparities Are Focus of White House Summit

The department's civil rights data collection shows that more than 3 million students are suspended or expelled each year (including 4-year-olds).

July 14, 2015

Title IX Already Protects LGBT Students, Amendment Unnecessary, Group Says

The U.S. Senate voted down an amendment designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students from discrimination and harassment in public schools. But such protections are already required under Title IX, the National School Boards Association said.

July 08, 2015

LGBT Student Bullying Protections to Be Included in ESEA Reauthorization Debate

The forthcoming bullying debate will prompt the first votes on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the right to same-sex marriage.

June 12, 2015

Tighter Alcohol Laws Reduce Odds of Underage Drinking, Study Finds

New research underscores the important role that adult alcohol policies and habits play on youth drinking.

May 01, 2015

Obama to Launch 'My Brother's Keeper' as Independent Organization

My Brother's Keeper, a key initiative of Obama's administration, was launched in 2014 to address the needs of boys and men of color. President Obama is preparing to continue those efforts when he leaves office.

March 12, 2015

Lawmakers Push to Include Educator Background Checks in Trafficking Bill

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said the amendment offered by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., would bolster the U.S. Department of Education's role as "a National School Board."

February 11, 2015

Lawmakers Renew Push to Increase Protections for LGBT Students in Schools

The U.S. Department of Education has said that Title IX protects students from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, but advocates say a more specific federal law is necessary to provide certainty of students' legal rights.

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