Working to protect the civil rights of all students in America — regardless of background or zip code
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.
Civil Rights Groups: For-Profit Colleges Exploit Black and Latino Students
WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund released its policy brief, “Gainful Employment: A Civil Rights Perspective,” today describing the exploitation of Black and Latino students by for-profit colleges and urging the Department of Education to enforce the Higher Education Act and protect students. Twenty-one civil rights, consumer lending, and education groups signed onto the brief, demanding Secretary DeVos propose a new rule to advance equity and protect students’ civil rights.
Civil Rights Coalition: Time for Action on School Climate
WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund released “Civil Rights Principles for Safe, Healthy, and Inclusive School Climates” today to urge policymakers and other stakeholders to ensure that all students can learn in safe, healthy, and inclusive environments. Fifty-seven civil rights and education organizations signed onto the principles, asking members of Congress to fulfill their role in helping educators and communities create and maintain safe schools that afford all students equal educational opportunities by incorporating these principles into all relevant legislation.
ADVISORY: Higher Education Experts Host Media Briefing on Civil Rights Policy Briefs
WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund will hold an ethnic media briefing on Friday, August 30, at 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT to discuss our recently released policy recommendations for incorporating the Higher Education Civil Rights Coalition’s 10 civil rights principles into higher education legislation. The recommendations were drafted to engage and educate diverse stakeholders and policymakers seeking reform in higher education to offer meaningful equal opportunity and success for all students, especially students of color who have been historically marginalized.
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.