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"The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is simply the best civil rights law firm in American history." -- President Obama


From its inception LDF has been engaged in the fight to remove barriers to educational access and opportunity. LDF’s education docket has involved a number of seminal Supreme Court decisions, including Brown v. Board of Education. Through its present work in and out of the courts, LDF’s Education Practice is fighting to ensure racial equity in education for African-American students and secure a safe, inclusive, and high quality education for all students.

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Program Work

Educational Equity

Schuette v. Cantrell

Read a fact sheet from LDF and the ACLU.


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...

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...