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May 18, 2019

Bernie Sanders' Education Plan: Unions and Desegregation Win, Charters Lose

Bernie Sanders' sweeping vision would establish a $60,000 minimum salary for teachers, while clamping down on charters and boosting efforts to desegregate schools. It's hard to see a lot of it becoming a reality.

May 17, 2019

Transgender Students, Athletics, Bullying: What the Equality Act Would Mean for Schools

Supporters of the bill say it would extend critical civil rights protections to more students. But opponents say it ignores parents' rights in schools and could lead to confusing situations for some children.

May 16, 2019

Do Democrats' School Diversity and Integration Ideas Match What Advocates Want?

"We need meaningful solutions to dismantle racial and socioeconomic segregation in America's schools," said Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, the author of one of the two bills addressing integration and diversity. Do advocates think her ideas go far enough?

January 23, 2019

These Politicians Who Fought for Segregation Have Schools Named for Them

Should schools named after men like Strom Thurmond and schools named for Confederates like Robert E. Lee be lumped together? What does a school name signal to students? We explore these and other questions in a new reporting project.

January 10, 2019

Betsy DeVos Should 'Recommit' to Enforcing Civil Rights Laws, Coalition Says

Groups including the American Federation of Teachers, Children's Defense Fund, and the NAACP urged the Trump administration to address "racial discrimination in school discipline."

December 13, 2018

Civil Rights Groups Urge Congress to Tackle DeVos Oversight, School Safety Legislation

Thanks to the midterm elections, Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., is set to take over the House education committee, and civil rights groups have a significant list of demands.

November 20, 2018

Trump Team Reverses Controversial Changes to Handling of Civil Rights Probes

The office for civil rights is reversing itself on several key changes in the manual that outlines how it investigates civil rights claims.

September 10, 2018

Education Tops List of Ongoing Civil Rights Priorities, Commission Survey Indicates

Civil rights in education has been a major area of recent political conflict, including disputes over racial disparities in school discipline and transgender students.

September 09, 2018

If Democrats Take the House, Here's What Awaits Betsy DeVos, Civil Rights, and ESSA

If Democrats win the House in the November midterm elections, expect them to focus heavily on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' civil rights record. But how often would they call her to testify?

August 26, 2018

State Attorneys General Tell Betsy DeVos: Keep Obama School Discipline Guidance

DeVos has been weighing whether to rescind the guidance, which has proven to be one of the most controversial initiatives from Obama's education policy team.

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