Education

Working to protect the civil rights of all students in America — regardless of background or zip code

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All students are capable of high achievements and deserve adequate and equitable resources to help them attain that goal.

The Education Fund’s educational equity agenda seeks to transform American public education so that all young people can access responsive, welcoming, and resourced schools that prepare them for college and careers. We also work to ensure students have equal opportunity to higher education and aim to transform education decision-making so that diverse voices are at the table.

Educational equity is a civil and human right.

The Education Fund’s approach is rooted in our experience working with partners and policy makers at the national level and community leaders and parents at the state and local levels. Our strategies include engaging and sustaining state and local civil rights leaders and other like-minded partners; influencing public debates through educational materials, convenings, and communications strategies; and informing legislative and executive action around federal education laws.

Key Resources

Civil Rights Principles for Higher Education
Protecting Students From Exploitation: Gainful Employment: A Civil Rights Perspective
Creating Safe, Healthy, and Inclusive Schools: Civil Rights Principles for School Climate
Webinar: Civil Rights Principles for Safe, Healthy, and Inclusive School Climates
Polling: New Education Majority
Every Student Succeeds Act Guide for Advocates

Students Deserve Better


Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has demonstrated she doesn’t care about students’ civil rights. Join the #StudentsDeserveBetter campaign to urge the Department of Education to protect the civil rights of all students in America.

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Contact Us


Learn more about our work to promote educational equity by contacting our team.

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