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For almost fifty years, the Lawyers’ Committee has advanced racial equality through highly effective and comprehensive programs including educational opportunity. We firmly believe education is a civil right – not a privilege afforded to few.

The Public Policy Project advocates for the effective advancement of civil rights laws at the state and federal level, working with other organizations as well as directly with legislators, federal agencies and the White House. As part of the Project’s work on education, the Project works very closely with the Educational Opportunities Project on legislative priorities.

The Lawyers’ Committee advocates for equitable educational opportunities for students of color in k-12 and higher education, including diversity and integration standards in the classroom, better parental involvement strategies and enforcement mechanisms, the maintenance of federal civil rights protections, and support for a private right of action for a quality education.


Fact Sheets and Talking Points 

ESEA Reauthorization (2015) Fact Sheet

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