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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 Report Finds Over Half of Maryland’s Black Students Attend Intensely Segregated Schools
Maryland’s public school students are increasingly segregated by race and class, in spite of growing diversity in student enrollment statewide. The report is the first of its kind to thoroughly explore the status of school segregation trends in Maryland since the peak of desegregation in the 1980s.
Featured News Complaint Filed with OCR against Durham Public Schools
The Advocates for Children's Services project of Legal Aid of North Carolina ("ACS") and the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Project of UCLA ("CRP") filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, against the Durham Public Schools ("DPS"). The complaint exposes DPS’s overreliance on out-of-school suspension, which disproportionately harms Black students and students with disabilities, in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The complaint is filed on behalf of all DPS students who are unjustly harmed by the district's suspension policies, including two Black students with disabilities whose experiences are described in the complaint.
Press Release "Out of School and Off Track" Reports Detail Disturbing and Increased Use of Suspensions
Two first-of-their-kind reports shed light on the growing use of punitive disciplinary measures and provides research-based alternatives. The reports were presented at a Congressional briefing by researchers with responses from the legislative staffers and civil and disability rights advocates on Capitol Hill earlier today.
Press Release UCLA Report Finds Virginia’s African American Students Face Increasing Racial Segregation and Poverty in School
Despite Virginia’s long history with school desegregation, little political attention has been paid to the growing multi-racial diversity of the state’s enrollment and rising levels of isolation for its African American and Latino students. This report, which covers the past two decades, is the first to thoroughly explore trends in the state, its major metro areas and largest school divisions in the years since many of its districts were released from court order to desegregate.
Featured News Call for Papers: Segregation, Immigration, and Educational Inequality: A Multinational Examination of New Research
The Civil Rights Project, University of Ghent, Université Libre de Bruxelles and the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies invite proposals for papers an upcoming conference called "Segregation, Immigration, and Educational Inequality: A Multinational Examination of New Research."
Press Release Civil Rights Project Report Shows Bans on Affirmative Action Hinder University Recruitment Efforts & Harm Campus Racial Climate
The Civil Rights Project today published important new data on the way in which California’s ban on affirmative action harms the University of California in comparison to the University of Texas -- which still has affirmative action -- in terms of both the climate on campus for nonwhite students and the lack of success in recruiting top-ranked applicants of color.
Press Release Civil Rights Project Reports Deepening Segregation and Challenges Educators and Political Leaders to Develop Positive Policies
E Pluribus… Separation suggests a number of ways to reverse the trends toward deepening resegregation.
Featured News Project SOL Teacher Honored by Presidential Commission
Octavio Alvarez is one of 10 exceptional teachers of Latino students from across the nation to receive honors today at a White House ceremony sponsored by President Obama’s Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
Featured News Hundreds of U.S. Researchers File Brief with U.S. Supreme Court Supporting University of Texas Diversity Policies
Scholars from 172 universities and research centers in 42 states have joined together in a brief summarizing key research on affirmative action for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Featured News Civil Rights Project Issues Policy Brief, California: A Case Study in the Loss of Affirmative Action
This brief reviews the various efforts undertaken by the University of California to maintain diversity in the institution, and especially at its highly competitive flagship campuses, UCLA and Berkeley, in the face of the loss of affirmative action during the mid-1990s.
Press Release Millions of Children Find the Schoolhouse Door Locked
UCLA Center for Civil Rights Remedies Finds Shocking Suspension Rates in thousands of districts across the nation.
Press Release Bans on Affirmative Action Shown to Reduce Enrollment of Graduate Students of Color at Universities in CA, FL, TX, WA
This study examines the impact of affirmative action bans, across a number of years in several states, on the enrollment of underrepresented students of color. These latest data show that the bans have led to marked declines in key areas of graduate studies.
Featured News Fall River Public Schools Suspend Black and Latino Students, and Students with Disabilities, at Unusually High Rates
Civil Rights Project at UCLA and ACLU of Massachusetts file complaint with U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, alleging violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Press Release UCLA Report Links School Integration with Positive Leadership and Better Community Relations
Teachers’ perceptions differ widely by the racial and socioeconomic makeup of their school
Press Release Out-of-School Suspensions in California’s School Districts Reveal Hidden Crisis
A new report from the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Rights Project estimates that more than 400,000 students were suspended and removed from classrooms at least one time during the 2009-10 school year in California.
Featured News CRP Mourns Loss of Dedicated Civil Rights Attorney John Payton
John Payton, the superb leader of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a preeminent force in the battle for civil rights, passed away on March 22, 2012.
Featured News CRP Response to Release of the 2009-10 Civil Rights Data
The Civil Rights Project commends the U.S. Department of Education for recent changes to the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) and public release of the 2009-10 school year data but also highlights the need for additional changes.
Featured News Project SOL Teachers Receive "Courage to Act" Awards
Eight Project SOL teachers received “Courage to Act, Bilingual Teacher Awards” from the California Association of Bilingual Educators and were also recognized by the California Legislature and the Secretary of Foreign Relations of Mexico for their exceptional dedication and talent in bringing college preparatory curriculum to immigrant students in high school.
Press Release CRP Calls for Fundamental Changes in California's Community Colleges
Almost 75% of all Latino and two-thirds of all Black students who go on to higher education in California go to a community college, yet in 2010 only 20% of all transfers to four-year institutions were Latino or African American. Pathways to the baccalaureate are segregated; students attending low-performing high schools usually go directly into community colleges that transfer few students to 4-year colleges. Conversely, a handful of community colleges serving high percentages of white, Asian and middle class students are responsible for the majority of all transfers in the state. California ranks last among the states in the proportion of its college students who attend a 4-year institution, which is a key factor in the state’s abysmal record on BA attainment. In a state in which half of all high school graduates are Black and Latino, this situation spells economic disaster for the future of the state.
Press Release Policy Brief Highlights Student Achievement and Parent Demand for Magnet Schools
This new research is based on a 2011 survey of magnet school leaders from over 50 school districts across the country. Magnet school leaders responding to the survey reported that student achievement rose during periods of federal magnet funding via the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) and that parent demand for magnet school placements was high. Inclusive admissions processes and inter-district transfer policies were increasing, both of which are particularly effective in reducing racial isolation in schools.
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