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The Public Policy Project advocates for the effective advancement of civil rights law at the state and federal level working with other organizations as well as legislators.

Recent Public Policy News

November 19, 2015

The Choice for School Vouchers: Fix It or Forget It

Before law school, I was a teacher in the Mississippi Delta in a school district that was later taken over by the state. For two years, I bore witness to the damage that a struggling school system can inflict on children’s lives. The private school a few miles down Highway 82 might have offered a better education for my students—virtually all of whom were black and low-income—but its doors were barred to them by high tuition rates and its lingering heritage as a segregation academy.   Recently, the United States House of Representatives passed the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Reauthorization Act, which would reauthorize the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP). As the first federally funded school voucher program, OSP is commonly viewed as an unofficial model for school voucher programs around the country. Proponents of voucher programs like OSP claim that such programs offer students like mine an escape route […]


U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee

““S. 2123, Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015””

October 19, 2015

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Crime and Terrorism

“Hearing on: Body Cameras: Can Technology Increase Protection for Law Enforcement Officers and the Public”

May 19, 2015

Council of the District of Columbia Committee on the Judiciary

“Public Roundtable on the Metropolitan Police Department’s Body-Worn Camera Program”

May 7, 2015

U.S. Equal Employment and Opportunities Commission

“EEOC at 50: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Discrimination In the 21st Century Workplace”

April 15, 2015

Workforce Protections Subcommittee

“Hearing on H.R. 548, “

March 24, 2015

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