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  • Elite seats for sale


    My daughter Gabriela was yelling again.

    “All that stupid test shows is how good someone is at taking a test,” she said.

    This was after I asked her to spend more time on the Kaplan test prep book on our dinner table — the one that’s supposed to help eighth-graders like her prepare for next month’s New York City Specialized High Schools Admission Test.

  • Civil Rights Complaint To Be Filed Against Specialized NYC High Schools


    Stuyvesant, long considered the city's most elite public high school, offered spaces to 967 students this year.

    19 of those students were black. That's more than double the number of black students admitted the year before.

    On Thursday, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund is filing a federal civil rights complaint, challenging the city's admissions process for eight specialized high schools, including Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech.

  • Prosecutor Deals Blow to Stop-and-Frisk Tactic


    In a significant blow to New York City’s use of stop-and-frisk tactics, the Bronx district attorney’s office is no longer prosecuting people who were stopped at public housing projects and arrested for trespassing, unless the arresting officer is interviewed to ensure that the arrest was warranted.

  • Statement by Debo P. Adegbile, NAACP LDF Acting Director-Counsel and President in Support of National Voter Registration Day


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    September 25, 2012: National Voter Registration Day


    Woman holding "I Voted!" sign


  • Elaine R. Jones Receives Trailblazer Award from Just The Beginning Foundation


    LDF is pleased to announce that its former President and Director-Counsel, Elaine R. Jones, received the Trailblazer Award from the Just the Beginning Foundation (JTBF) on September 22, 2012 at its Gala Dinner in Chicago, Illinois.  JBTF is composed primarily of judges and lawyers who develop educational programs designed to interest students of color in legal careers.  Its goal is to increase racial diversity in the legal profession and the judiciary.