Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational fund submitted a comment letter regarding the proposed questions for the 2019-2020 Civil Rights Data Collection. The letter “strongly encourage[s] the Department of Education (the Department) to maintain the collection of information on preschool enrollment and discipline, school finance, and teacher experience levels and absenteeism” because they “are critical to identifying and addressing disparities in access to, and the quality of, education received by historically underserved students.” The letter also requests that “the Department begin collecting additional data points related to school discipline, begin collecting data for public school students placed in non-public schools, and improve transparency and timeliness in order to more fully advance the Department’s stated mission to prohibit discrimination and ensure equal access to educational excellence.”

Read the full letter here.