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Educational Equity

Boisseau v. Picard

For many months after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the City of New Orleans, residents struggled to return home. Displaced residents found themselves navigating a maze of obstacles: securing affordable housing in a safe neighborhood, obtaining gainful employment at a living wage and with...

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School to Prison Pipeline

Bryan Independent School District - Police in Schools Complaint

Civil rights advocates have long worked to limit harmful school discipline practices that exclude children from quality educational environments.  Suspensions, expulsions and disciplinary assignments to alternative schools have devastating consequences on students, reducing their chances of...

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Educational Equity | Legislation

Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization

Originally enacted in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Elementary and Second Education Act (ESEA) emphasizes equal access to education for all students and is the most expansive federal education legislation in history.  The ESEA has been reauthorized numerous times, most recently...

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Educational Equity

Fisher v. UT Austin

UPDATE: 11/13/2013 LDF argued in Fisher vs. University of Texas on remand to the Fifth Circuit.

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School Integration

K-12 Voluntary Integration

Since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, parents and community leaders have repeatedly petitioned courts throughout the country, demanding that the judiciary give life and meaning to Brown by ordering wayward school...

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Desegregation

Landmark: Brown v. Board of Education

May 17, 1954 marks a defining moment in the history of the United States.  On that day, the Supreme Court declared  the doctrine of  “separate but equal” unconstititutional and handed LDF  the most celebrated victory in its storied history.

Although the...

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Desegregation

Little Rock School District v. Lorene Joshua

This long-standing school desegregation case addresses key educational equity issues, including
racial disparities in school discipline, student achievement, access to advanced placement and honors curriculum and inequities school facilities in three Arkansas school districts:  the...

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Educational Equity

New York City Specialized High School Complaint

In school districts across the nation, talented African Americans and other students of color are denied a fair opportunity to gain access to the life-changing educational experiences provided by specialized schools for high-achieving students and gifted/talented education programs.  As a...

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School to Prison Pipeline

School to Prison Pipeline

In recent years, a disturbing shift has occurred in our education system. Rather than employ traditional disciplinary measures, such as counseling or detention, when students misbehave, schools are becoming increasingly dependent on suspensions, expulsions, and law enforcement to punish students...

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Educational Equity

Schuette v. Cantrell

Read a fact sheet from LDF and the ACLU.

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