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The Civil Rights Project (CRP) is a leading resource for information on racial justice. CRP strives to improve the channels through which research findings are translated and communicated to policymakers and the broader public by publishing reports and books on critical civil rights issues.

Press Release California Community Colleges Have Opportunity to Increase BAs for Underrepresented Students
With the passage of California State Bill 850 in 2015 and new community college bachelor’s degree programs due to commence in 2017, California has the unprecedented opportunity to provide an important spur to the state’s economy and make significant gains in BA production among its underrepresented (URM) students.
Featured News Statement by Civil Rights Project on Fisher Decision
Today’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin is an historic reaffirmation of affirmative action as a necessary tool for creating diverse campuses.
Press Release School Suspensions Cost Taxpayers Billions
UCLA Study: More Suspensions Lead to More Dropouts; Over a Lifetime, More Dropouts Mean Reduced Tax Revenue, and Higher Costs for Crime, Welfare, and Health Care.
Featured News Realizing the Economic Advantages of a Multilingual Workforce
In a new economic analysis, CRP/PDC Co-director Dr. Patrícia Gandára and coauthor Sylvia Acevedo visit the issue of bilingual education from an economic perspective.
Press Release Brown at 62: School Segregation by Race, Poverty and State
This research brief shows how intensifying segregation interacts with a dramatic increase in concentrated poverty in our schools, escalating the educational harm.
Press Release Study Finds Many Charter Schools Feeding "School-to-Prison Pipeline"
A first-ever analysis of school discipline records for the nation’s more than 5,250 charter schools shows a disturbing number are suspending big percentages of their black students and students with disabilities at highly disproportionate rates compared to white and non-disabled students.
Featured News CCRR/CRP supports newly proposed regulations by U.S. Dept of Education to correct flaws in special education law
The Center for Civil Rights Remedies (CCRR) at the UCLA Civil Rights Project applauds the newly proposed regulations, from the U.S. Department of Education, which ensure that states more effectively address the problem of racial inequity in special education identification, placement and disciplinary exclusion. The proposed rules were issued earlier this week, on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 and CCRR encourages their support. Please read our following response (a more complete and official response will be posted within 75 days).
Press Release California School Suspensions Decline, Driven by Fewer Punishments for Disruption/Defiance
Districts Making Progress toward Reducing Racial/Ethnic Suspension Disparities, though Gaps Still Remain. Study Shows Higher Test Scores Correlated with Lower Suspension Rates, Reducing Concern that Discipline Reforms May Jeopardize Student Achievement.
Featured News More than 800 Scholars File Brief with U.S. Supreme Court Supporting Diversity Policies in College Admissions
More than 800 social scientists from all parts of the U.S. recently submitted a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court presenting evidence on the need to maintain colleges’ rights to consider race as one of many factors in selecting students. We believe that this brief is the most massive outpouring of scholarly support ever for a social science brief in a civil rights case.
Featured News Education Secretary Duncan Advocates Shifting Money From Prisons to Schools
CRP's Center for Civil Rights Remedies supports Education Secretary Arnie Duncan's September 30, 2015 proposal to shift funds from prisons to schools.
Press Release UCLA Report Finds Connecticut’s Schools Growing More Integrated; Programs are a “Lighthouse for the Region”
LOS ANGELES—For the first time in its ten recent studies of public school segregation in East Coast states, the Civil Rights Project today releases a new report documenting significant progress toward integrated education. In the state of Connecticut there has been clear progress, according to the new study’s findings.
Press Release Are We Closing the School Discipline Gap? New Research Identifies Districts with Worst Suspension Records
Findings include: U.S. kids are losing almost 18 million days of instruction; Florida leads all states with highest suspension rate; many districts have improved, but overall U.S. rate has changed little.
Featured News The Winter 2015 Bulletin/Noticiero is here!
The Winter 2015 Issue highlights a new CRP book release, one that looks at the benefits of being bilingual in the U.S. labor market. Alumni Spotlight interviews Associate Professor Mindy Kornhaber, who conducts research on how institutional policies affecting individual potential could be more equitable. Upcoming events, new resources, and civil rights in history are also featured.
Featured News Announcing New Book with Groundbreaking Studies on School Discipline
A new book, Closing the School Discipline Gap, from The Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the UCLA Civil Rights Project (CRP/CCRR) looks at disciplinary policies and practices in school that result in disparities, and provides remedies that may be enacted at federal, state, and district levels.
Press Release Decades of Inaction Lead to Worst Segregaton in Pennsylvania Schools in Two Decades
Using statewide public school enrollment data from 1989 to 2010, a new report examines changes in school enrollment and segregation at the state-level as well across Pennsylvania’s two largest metropolitan areas –Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Featured News Senator Edward Brooke: A personal reflection by Gary Orfield
CRP Co-director Gary Orfield reflects on the Civil Rights legacy of Senator Edward William Brooke III (October 26, 1919 – January 3, 2015).
Featured News Experts Say Schools Can’t Address Racial Disparities in Discipline without Confronting Racial Issues
Research Collaborative Urges School Data Collection, Frank Conversation, and Adoption of New Practices
Press Release Delaware’s School Resegregation Increasing after Dissolution of its Groundbreaking Metropolitan Desegregation Plan
"The Courts, the Legislature and Delaware’s Resegregation" summarizes substantial research showing segregated schools’ strong links to multiple forms of unequal educational opportunity and outcomes.
Featured News A Dream Undone? Higher Education Access and Opportunity in a Shifting Legal Landscape
CRP and partners launch groundbreaking study to examine how legal challenges to race-conscious admissions have changed contemporary admissions practices at selective colleges and universities.
Featured News Groups File Civil Rights Complaint Challenging Tracking and Discipline Practices in South Orange-Maplewood School District
The complaint was brought by CRP's Center for Civil Rights Remedies, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of New Jersey.
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