By John King, former Secretary of Education (Click here to view the entire P&R issue) This fall, teachers and students all across the country are returning to school. But it’s not the typical start of the school year. Amid the usual preparations of setting up their classrooms, planning lessons, and getting to know children and families, educators also are confronting the … [Read more...] about “Stewards of Tolerance” by John King (July-September 2017 P&R Issue)
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PRRAC strongly supports federal, state and local efforts to increase racial and economic integration in K-12 education. We do this work primarily with and through the National Coalition on School Diversity (NCSD), which we helped to found in 2009 along with former staff from the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute at Harvard Law School, and leadership of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the ACLU. Members of the NCSD Steering Committee include the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, PRRAC, ACLU, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, MALDEF, AALDEF, Kirwan Institute, NY Appleseed, UNC Center for Civil Rights, and the UCLA Civil Rights Project, along with a small group of prominent legal scholars. Since 2009, PRRAC has served as the primary staff and fiscal agent for the NCSD, with active support from many of the NCSD member organizations for specific advocacy campaigns, and volunteer contributions by members of the NCSD Research Advisory Panel.
Comment letter. In February 2017, PRRAC submitted comments to the Department of Education regarding the importance of continued collection of information from schools for the Civil Rights Data Collection. Read our comment letter here. … [Read more...] about On the importance of maintaining the Civil Rights Data Collection
A NCSD & PRRAC Issue Brief (January 2017). Excerpt: "As the second term of the Obama Administration draws to a close, the National Coalition on School Diversity has updated this review of federal support for school integration during the tenures of Secretaries Arne Duncan and John King. While much remains to be done, the Obama Administration has made concrete progress on … [Read more...] about Issue Brief No. 8: Federal Support for School Integration: An Obama Administration Review (NCSD & PRRAC, January 2017)
A NCSD & PRRAC Issue Brief (May 2016). Excerpt: "The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the latest reauthorization of the country’s premier K-12 education law, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. 1 Under ESSA state education agencies (SEAs), along with local education agencies (LEAs) and the communities they serve assume significant new responsibilities, … [Read more...] about Issue Brief No. 6: Prioritizing School Integration in ESSA State Implementation Plans (NCSD & PRRAC, May 2016)
By Philip Tegeler. (School Integration Matters: Research-Based Strategies to Advance Equity, Teachers College Press, Edited by Erica Frankenberg, Liliana M. Garces, and Megan Hopkins, 2016) Excerpt: "The Department of Education has made great strides in its recent guidance documents on school discipline and resource disparities. The next step is to move from a complaint and … [Read more...] about Predicting School Diversity Impacts of State and Local Education Policy: The Role of Title VI (Philip Tegeler, 2016)