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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 Faces, Old Patterns? Segregation in the Multiracial South
This report begins by showing the patterns of segregation and desegregation of various groups, regions and states by using data from 1968 until present day. It examines both the changes over the last decade (1991-2003) as well as those over a much longer period (1954-2003). In the context of growing diversity in our nation’s public schools, it is increasingly important to examine the gains brought about by school desegregation as well as the increasingly multiracial nature of segregation for the growing Latino population in the South and the reality of resegregation in many of the Southern and Border states for black and white students.
Research Item New Faces, Old Patterns? Segregation in the Multiracial South
If desegregation plans were still in effect we would expect that as the share of whites in a state declined, white students would tend to be in schools that, on average, had an increased share of black students. In several states, however, even though the percentage of white students has declined significantly, the level of white contact with blacks actually fell.
Research Item School Resegregation: Must the South Turn Back?
Released by the University of North Carolina Press, this book presents groundbreaking original research from scholars around the country on the causes, consequences and potential solutions to this trend in various areas in the South.
Research Item Higher Education and the Color Line
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decisions upholding affirmative action, Higher Education and the Color Line outlines the agenda for achieving racial justice in higher education in the next generation. Weaving together current research and a discussion of overarching demographic, legal, and political issues, this comprehensive and timely book focuses on the racial transformation of higher education and the structural barriers that perpetuate racial stratification at the postsecondary level.
Research Item NCLB Meets School Realities: Lessons From the Field
Based on data from 6 states and 11 districts, this essential resource helps educators understand the issues raised by NCLB and its implications for educating all children.
Research Item Teacher Quality: Equalizing Educational Opportunities and Outcomes
NCLB establishes the important goal of having a high quality teacher in every classroom, yet it does not provide the policies, support, or flexibility needed to meet this goal. By failing to recognize the local labor needs and differences in state policy context, some districts will have a more difficult time meeting these requirements than others. There is also the real potential that the negative consequences of the NCLB high stakes accountability policies will create a more negative teaching environment and contribute to teachers wanting to leave, either the profession or those schools serving the most disadvantaged students.
Research Item Confronting the Graduation Rate Crisis in California
Every year, across the country, a dangerously high percentage of students -disproportionately poor and minority - disappear from the educational pipeline before graduating from high school. Nationally, only about 68% of all students who enter 9th grade will graduate "on time" with regular diplomas in 12th grade. While the graduation rate for white students is 75%, only approximately half of Black, Latino, and Native American students earn regular diplomas alongside their classmates. Graduation rates are even lower for Black, Latino and Native American males. Yet, because of misleading and inaccurate reporting of dropout and graduation rates, the public remains largely unaware of this educational and civil rights crisis.
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