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September 14, 2017
Betsy DeVos laments death of Memphis civil rights leader Dwight Montgomery
The local president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference was one of few prominent black civil rights leaders to back the divisive education chief.
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January 12, 2017
Detroit children blast governor over ‘blaming students’ for failing schools
Lawyers for the children responded Thursday that Snyder and other state officials named in the suit were seeking to “evade responsibility by any means possible.”
November 22, 2016
Federal officials want corporal punishment – rare but legal in Colorado schools – off the books
Colorado has no rules banning corporal punishment in schools. U.S. Secretary of Education John King wants to change that.
July 20, 2016
Shelby County Schools subject of federal civil rights probe over migrant students
Shelby County Schools is being investigated for discrimination of migrant students, the U.S. Department of Education has confirmed.
February 24, 2015
City needs more spots on sports teams for girls, federal officials say
New York City must give girls more opportunities to participate in high school sports, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.
October 15, 2014
At rally, Memphis activists push vouchers as civil rights issue
Voucher activists are largely focusing their organizing efforts in Memphis this year, where any proposed voucher bill in the 2015 legislative session would likely have a disproportionate impact. If several legislators have their way, vouchers would be given to low-income students at the state's lowest-performing schools, the majority of which are clustered in Memphis.
June 24, 2014
Rise & Shine: New contract for Shelby County superintendent
July 23, 2013
Federal civil rights office reopens high school admissions case
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has reopened a discrimination case into the city's high school admissions policies after dismissing it earlier in the month. The reversal came after the attorney who filed the legal complaint found that the office failed to follow its own dismissal procedures and argued for the case to be given new life. The complaint, filed in May by the Education Law Center on behalf of parents and advocacy groups, alleges that African American and Latino students are more likely to end up in high schools with large numbers of high-need students — and less likely to graduate — on account of the city's admissions policy. It claims that the city knew the policy was discriminatory, citing internal reports that suggested changes should be made to dilute the high-need populations in these schools. New York's Office of Civil Rights branch dismissed the complaint on July 8, citing a lack of evidence to support the claim. But the quick dismissal skipped a step in the process by failing to first notify lawyers who filed the complaint to let them know that more information was needed, which is required under OCR's processing manual. Wendy Lecker, the ELC lawyer, discovered the discrepancy and raised the issue in a July 17 letter: I never received any letter or email explaining the information necessary for OCR to proceed, nor any request for such information. Nor was I ever advised that the complaint would be dismissed in 20 days if such information was not received. On the same day, an OCR official responded to say that the case woud be reopened.
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