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We are committed to generating and synthesizing research on key civil rights and equal opportunity policies that have been neglected or overlooked.

Well before the passing of the "Leave No Child Behind" Act of 2002, which renewed the nation's interest in K-12 education, The Civil Rights Project had been focused on critical issues affecting this country's elementary and secondary students. CRP believes that equal educational opportunity is a necessary prerequisite to equal educational outcomes. Further, CRP believes that all students benefit from ethnically diverse educational experiences. For the past several years, a main focus of our research has been to demonstrate concrete educational benefits derived from attending diverse elementary and secondary schools. Research in the area of K-12 Education has been extensive with the hopes of having a broad impact nation-wide.

Our current research interests related to K-12 education include:

 

Recent K-12 Research

 

Research Item New York State’s Extreme School Segregation: Inequality, Inaction and a Damaged Future
New York has the most segregated schools in the country: in 2009, black and Latino students in the state had the highest concentration in intensely-segregated public schools (less than 10% white enrollment), the lowest exposure to white students, and the most uneven distribution with white students across schools. Heavily impacting these state rankings is New York City, home to the largest and one of the most segregated public school systems in the nation.
Research Item SORTING OUT DEEPENING CONFUSION ON SEGREGATION TRENDS
In a new paper, researchers make two important claims about school segregation with which we disagree.  The first is that, "The changes in segregation in the last few decades are not large regardless of what measure is used." The second reads, "The mechanisms that would link segregation to disparate outcomes have not been spelled out clearly or tested explicitly." 
Research Item A Status Quo of Segregation: Racial and Economic Imbalance in New Jersey Schools, 1989-2010
This report is the fourth in a special series on school segregation in Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. New Jersey has a curious status regarding school desegregation. It has had the nation’s most venerable and strongest state law prohibiting racially segregated schooling and requiring racial balance in the schools whenever feasible. Yet, it simultaneously has had one of the worst records of racially imbalanced schools.
Research Item Nationwide Survey of State Education Agencies’ Online School Disciplinary Data
This Nationwide Survey of State Education Agency (SEA) websites from all 50 states and Washington, DC compiles publicly-reported school disciplinary data into one spreadsheet. Although most states offer additional data on disciplinary actions upon request, this tool only uses data readily available to the public online.
Research Item Web Tool: Suspension Data by State or School District
For those working every day to plug the school-to-prison pipeline, access to timely data on suspensions and disparities between school districts is critical. This web tool developed allows users to access that information for their state or school district in minutes.
Research Item Losing Ground: School Segregation in Massachusetts
The time has come for Massachusetts to get serious about dealing more effectively with its diversity. Because the nonwhite populations have historically been small and there is a general white attitude that the state is progressive and has done enough, the issues are often ignored.
Research Item Settle for Segregation or Strive for Diversity? A Defining Moment for Maryland’s Public Schools
This report is the second in a series of 12 reports analyzing school segregation in the Eastern states. It investigates trends in school segregation in Maryland over the last two decades by examining concentration, exposure and evenness measures by both race and class. After exploring the overall enrollment patterns and segregation trends at the state level, this report turns to the Baltimore metropolitan area to analyze similar measures of segregation.
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