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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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Educational Equity

LDF Urges Robust Implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) To Close Achievement Gaps and Promote Student Success

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law, and renews its longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all...

Educational Equity

Fisher v. UT Austin

The U.S. Supreme Court is -- for the second time -- reviewing the constitutionality of the consideration of race in the University of Texas (“UT”) undergraduate admissions policy. Previously, in June 2013, the Court upheld, in Fisher I, the landmark decisions of ...

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...