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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 Districts' Integration Efforts in a Changing Climate Two Years After the PICS Decision
Two years after the Supreme Court's voluntary integration decision and in the midst of tightening budgets, school districts around the country are balancing a number of goals including pursuing diverse schools. This memo includes examples of major trends identified in districts' actions regarding diversity.
Research Item Expanding Student Opportunities: Prime 6 Program Review, Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada
The following report shows the trends in enrollment, the patterns of choice by students of different races and income, enrollment patterns of the various schools, and test scores of students enrolled in different schools in Clark County's Prime 6 program. The report shows relationships that are troubling and offers recommendations for improvement.
Research Item Why High Stakes Accountability Sounds Good But Doesn‘t Work— And Why We Keep on Doing It Anyway
The Civil Rights Project has been studying the results of NCLB in six states since it was passed and has previously issued 12 reports, as well as two books and a number of articles, on its implementation and the results.
Research Item The Latino Education Crisis: The Consequences of Failed Social Policies
The challenges that face Latino students threaten to undermine the academic accomplishments and economic prospects of the U.S. as a whole. This book examines the educational landscape for Latino students, looks at policies that have failed to support Latino families, and suggests specific policies that can address these problems.
Research Item Reviving the Goal of an Integrated Society: A 21st Century Challenge
The election of Barack Obama is a breakthrough that would have been unimaginable a half century ago and a triumph of the long movement for racial justice. But a new report from the Civil Rights Project, Reviving the Goal of an Integrated Society: A 21st Century Challenge, points out that it would be wrong to assume that our nation has now realized Dr. King's dream and created a society where race no longer matters. In fact, the report concludes the opposite: the U.S. continues to move backward toward increasing minority segregation in highly unequal schools; the job situation remains especially bleak for American blacks, and Latinos have a college completion rate that is shockingly low. At the same time, very little is being done to address large scale challenges such as continuing discrimination in the housing and home finance markets, among other differences across racial lines.
Research Item Twenty-First Century Color Lines: Multiracial Change in Contemporary America
Twenty-First Century Color Lines offers a wide variety of new perspectives about moving from the traditional racial issues of the U.S. toward an understanding of a vastly more complex multiracial setting.
Research Item The Forgotten Choice? Rethinking Magnet Schools in a Changing Landscape
Historically, magnet schools have been an important part of school districts' efforts to improve equity and quality in our nation's schools and enroll twice as many students as charter schools. But as charters – created without fundamental civil rights considerations - have become a central focus of school choice proponents, federal funds for magnet schools have been frozen. A new report, The Forgotten Choice? Rethinking Magnet Schools in a Changing Landscape, looks at the policy effects of neglecting magnet schools.
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