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This section includes press releases and statements about education and racial justice issues.

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 National Analysis Details Troubling Levels of Pre-existing Education Inequities for Students with Disabilities
New Research, "Disabling Inequity: The Urgent Need for Race Conscious Remedies," highlights the inequitable conditions of learning faced by students with disabilities and the lack of awareness and action that threatens to only deepen the disparate impact that the Pandemic has had on children of color with disabilities. Without an infusion of sustained funds to address the mental and behavioral health of students, to improve school climate, and to reduce the reliance on harsh and often inappropriate discipline, districts will continue to inadequately meet the needs of these students.
Press Release Black Segregation Matters: New report Details Status of Black Students – Urges Incoming Biden Administration to act to confront pervasive segregation
Providing an update on the current status of the nation’s Black students, this new report makes clear that the segregation of Black students has increased in almost every region of the nation.
Featured News New Resources on Affirmative Action for CA Voters
New research summaries are available for CA voters seeking fact-based information about affirmative action.
Press Release National Report Calls Attention to Frequent Use of Suspension Contributing to Stark Inequities in the Opportunity to Learn
This new comprehensive analysis of 2015-16 data is the first to capture the full impact of out-of-school suspensions on instructional time for middle and high school students, and for those groups most frequently suspended, including students with disabilities.
Featured News Statement Against Politically Motivated Federal Censorship of Research & Training on Racial Issues
On the 19th anniversary of 9/11, we issue this statement on the importance of maintaining academic freedom and opposing politically motivated censorship.
Featured News Impact of Affirmative Action Ban in California
William Kidder, a research associate with the Civil Rights Project who has studied issues of affirmative action at the University of California for years, recently produced this Fact Sheet and Research Synthesis, "Affirmative Action, Graduation Rates and Enrollment Choice at the University of California."
Featured News Civil Rights Project seeks Post-doctoral Scholar
The Civil Rights Project seeks a 100% Postdoctoral Scholar to partner with the co-principal investigators (UCLA Professors Patricia Gándara and Gary Orfield) and lead a future-oriented project that generates policy research on key educational and civil rights issues in the next generation impacting California’s African American, Latino, American Indian, English Learner, and low-income students in the educational system.
Press Release COVID-19 Increases Urgency to End School Suspensions for Minor Student Misbehavior, Prioritize Supportive Services not Police
As students throughout the country face months of lost instruction, economic and health stressors, inequitable access to long distance learning, and inadequate special education support and services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this report is a 7-year trend analysis of school suspension data for public K-12 schools in California, as well as the relationship between suspensions and security officer presence on high school campuses.
Featured News Civil Rights Project Statement on DACA Decision
In yesterday's decision on the case, brought by the University of California, the Court rejected the Administration's action on the basis of its failure to provide any serious justification for its sweeping action.
Featured News The Civil Rights Project Stands with the Dreamers
The Civil Rights Project statement in support of our Dreamers
Press Release The Striking Outlier: The Persistent, Painful and Problematic Practice of Corporal Punishment in Schools
According to this new study, children attending the small percentage of the nation’s public schools that allows corporal punishment face a much greater likelihood of being struck than previously understood, with black students and students with disabilities among the most likely groups to be struck
Press Release Brown at 65 -- No Cause for Celebration
As the nation prepares to mark the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v Board of Education ruling declaring segregation in public schools unconstitutional, the UCLA Civil Rights Project today published new research detailing school enrollment patterns and segregation in the nation’s schools. The findings are not cause for celebration.
Press Release New Research Finds Decline in School Segregation in NYC's Rapidly Gentrifying Neighborhoods
CRP researchers find elementary school enrollment patterns in NYC's most rapidly gentrifying areas have seen a decline in racial segregation, with the declines more evident in traditional public schools than in charter schools.
Press Release New Federal Policies & Changes Pose Threats to College Access for Students of Color
At a briefing on Capitol Hill, CRP released five newly commissioned studies--of minority serving institutions, incarcerated students, for-profit colleges, risk sharing proposals, and the current attack on race conscious admissions--that demonstrate the threats to college access for students of color imposed by current and proposed policies under the current administration.
Press Release CA Students Still Losing Over 760,000 Days of Instruction Due to Suspensions
This study released by the Center for Civil Rights Remedies, CRP shows that the overuse of suspensions in California schools resulted in well over 760,000 days of lost instruction during the 2016-17 academic year. The impact is greatest in grades 7-8 where the disparities along the lines of race and disability are also the deepest.
Featured News Protect the Federal Census
In the statement, the Civil Rights Project urges federal authorities to protect the integrity of the Census, and to avoid distortions that would certainly be produced by inserting an immigration question, sure to lower participation and accuracy.
Featured News Statement on DACA Recipients and other Dreamers
The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles deplores the way DACA recipients and other Dreamers have been made pawns in the immigration enforcement policies of the Trump Administration.
Press Release Survey of Secondary Teachers Reveals Many Feel Unprepared to Teach their EL Students
A new report highlights the lack of preparation and resources for secondary teachers of EL students, making it challenging to meet student needs.
Press Release New Studies Reveal Pervasive Challenges to Expanded Opportunity Education Voucher Advocates Promise
New data illuminates pervasive challenges among education voucher programs that significantly limit the extension of expanded educational opportunities touted by advocates of the programs and the Trump Administration. The data was presented at a Capitol Hill briefing hosted by the UCLA Civil Rights Project.
Press Release First-of-its-kind Survey Reveals Alarming Impact of Immigration Enforcement on Public Schools
UCLA Civil Rights Project released the findings of a new national survey of educators revealing the alarming impact of immigration enforcement on teaching and learning in public schools. The study was presented at a policy forum at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., which also included presentations on the topic by immigration experts from the Migration Policy Institute and Brigham Young University.
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