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

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America should be a place where every child, no matter their unique circumstances, can grow up to be what they dream. And yet our nation continues to erect discriminatory barriers that unfairly limit or deny educational opportunity.

At The Leadership Conference, we work to transform public education so that all young people can attend safe, inclusive, and resourced schools that prepare them for successful futures. We also aim to transform education decision-making at the local, state, and federal levels so that diverse and intersectional voices drive reform.  

Educational equity is a civil and human right. But in the past two years, the Trump administration has led the charge to roll back protections for students with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault on campuses, students of color, and other vulnerable communities. In response, our coalition is leading a coordinated effort to protect the rights and safety of students and ensure every child in America can forge the best path to their future.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

Recent Webinars

Webinars presented by The Leadership Conference Education Fund in collaboration with member organizations of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Civil Rights Principles for Safe, Healthy, and Inclusive School Climates
Sexual Assault on Campus: Students' Civil Rights Under Title IX
The Educational Rights of Immigrant Children

Know Your Rights: The Educational Rights of Immigrant Children

The Constitution and the Supreme Court guarantee all children in the United States the right to attend school regardless of their immigration status.

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Conozca Sus Derechos: Los Derechos Educativos De Los Niños Inmigrantes

La Constitución y la Corte Suprema les garantizan a todos los niños en los Estados Unidos el derecho a la educación pública sin importar su estatus migratorio.

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Civil Rights Community Priorities for Education Equity

Civil Rights Principles for Higher Education
Civil Rights Principles for Safe, Healthy, and Inclusive School Climates
Gainful Employment: A Civil Rights Perspective

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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Education Task Force

The Education Task Force works to ensure children in grades K-12 and students in higher education experience positive school climates, are safe in their academic environment, and have equitable access to high-quality educational services. Together, the members of the task force developed a comprehensive list of priority legislative initiatives that strive to protect and expand students’ civil rights, as well as remove barriers to education for historically marginalized students.

Priorities for the 116th Congress ›

How You Can Ensure ESSA Implementation Helps to Build More Equitable Schools

In 2015, the Every Students Succeeds Act became law. It is the most recent update to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act. This law describes what schools, districts, and states must do to receive federal funding to support their elementary and secondary schools.

There are opportunities in the implementation of the law to ensure that community voices are heard and that schools reflect the values and priorities of those communities. This guide for advocates describes: what the law requires of schools, districts, and states; what major levers for equity exist in the law and its implementation; and how advocates can shape the implementation of the law and have a voice in decision-making.

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