Civil Rights

Flags decorate a space outside the office of the Education Secretary at the Education Department in Washington on Aug. 9, 2017.
Flags decorate a space outside the office of the Education Secretary at the Education Department in Washington on Aug. 9, 2017.
Jacquelyn Martin/AP
Federal Biden Pick for Education Civil Rights Office Has History With Racial Equity, LGBTQ Issues
Biden selected Catherine Lhamon to lead the Education Department's civil rights work, a role she also held in the Obama administration.
Evie Blad, May 13, 2021
2 min read
Image of data.
monsitj/iStock/Getty
Federal How the Pandemic Is Affecting Schools' Mandated Collection of Key Civil Rights Data
COVID-19 has complicated the work of gathering a vast store of civil rights data about schools that is required by the Education Department.
Andrew Ujifusa, April 22, 2021
7 min read
A supporter for the transgender community holds a trans flag in front of counter-protesters to protect attendees from their insults and obscenities at the city's Gay Pride Festival in Atlanta on Oct. 12, 2019.
A transgender rights supporter holds a flag at Atlanta's Gay Pride Festival in October 2019.
Robin Rayne/AP
Law & Courts School Sports a Fresh Front in State Battles Over Transgender Students' Rights
Lawmakers in at least 10 states are pushing legislation that would prohibit transgender students from playing on single-sex sports teams.
Evie Blad, January 28, 2021
9 min read
Image of people at voting booths.
LPETTET/E+
Law & Courts District's At-Large Elections Violated Minority Voting Rights, Federal Appeals Court Finds
The case involves school board elections in a majority Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish district with a large Black and Latino population.
Mark Walsh, January 7, 2021
3 min read
people hold hands in solidarity forming a chain
iStock/Getty
Federal Opinion How the Biden Administration Can Restore Civil Rights in Ed. Policy
Reversing Trump administration cuts to civil rights protections should be a top priority for President-elect Joe Biden, write five researchers.
Kathryn McDermott, Janelle Scott, Erica Frankenberg, Genevieve Siegel-Hawley & Elizabeth DeBray, December 18, 2020
5 min read
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos arrives for an event in the State Dining room of the White House in Washington. As millions of American children start the school year online, the Trump administration is hoping to convert their parents’ frustration and anger into newfound support for school choice policies that DeVos has long championed but struggled to advance nationally.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos arrives at a White House event in August. Civil rights activists expect the next education secretary will restore guidance to schools that she rescinded on transgender students’ rights, sexual assault, and school integration efforts.
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File
Federal Schools Could See U-Turn on Civil Rights Under Biden
Activists expect to see renewed guidance, more active enforcement, and better data collection from the Ed. Department’s civil rights office.
Christina A. Samuels, December 2, 2020
8 min read
Equity & Diversity There's No Constitutional Right to Civics Education, a Federal Judge Reluctantly Concludes
The student plaintiffs plan to appeal the ruling, and other similarly themed lawsuits have prevailed on appeal.
Stephen Sawchuk, October 14, 2020
5 min read
Equity & Diversity Despite Push, Few Schools Have Dropped Confederate Names
An Education Week analysis shows that 5 percent of the nation's Confederate-named schools have been renamed since June.
Corey Mitchell, September 30, 2020
3 min read
Former Vice President Joe Biden appears on video after receiving the delegate votes officially making him the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee at the party’s virtual convention.
Former Vice President Joe Biden appears on video after receiving the delegate votes officially making him the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee at the party’s virtual convention.
Brian Snyder/Pool via AP
Assessment How a Biden White House Could Diverge From Obama on K-12
There’s plenty of common ground, but on divisive issues like accountability and charters, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has signaled his own course.
Evie Blad, August 19, 2020
10 min read
Equity & Diversity Many of America's Schools Aren't Fully Accessible for Students With Disabilities
In a new Government Accountability Office report, districts cite funding constraints as the main reason for not making their buildings accessible, a longstanding problem.
Corey Mitchell, July 24, 2020
2 min read
Special Education A Few Parents Have Sued Over Special Education During COVID-19. Will More Follow?
Districts could face a rising tide of special education-related lawsuits and complaints when schools resume, experts say, if they still cannot offer the services that students with disabilities missed out on for months.
Corey Mitchell, July 13, 2020
6 min read
Equity & Diversity Top Education Civil Rights Official Who Oversaw Title IX Shift to Step Down
Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Kenneth L. Marcus worked on rules for how schools must respond to accusations of sexual assault and harassment, and changed how the office for civil rights handles complaints.
Andrew Ujifusa, July 9, 2020
2 min read
Equity & Diversity What Republicans' Policing Bill Says About Education
Senate Republicans' police reform bill would create a federal commission to study racial disparities in education and a range of other areas.
Evie Blad, June 17, 2020
3 min read
Federal Trump, Biden Both Have Backed School Police. Will Protests Make That a Campaign Issue?
Districts around the country are considering calls to remove police from schools. Will those calls become a campaign issue for President Trump and Vice President Biden, two men who've championed school resource officers?
Evie Blad, June 14, 2020
7 min read