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NCYL Launches Education Civil Rights Alliance to Fight Back Against Civil Rights Violations Threatening Students

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2017

Contact: Lewis Cohen, Senior Director of Communications, lcohen@youthlaw.org, 510.835.8098 ext 3045

In the face of increasing threats to student civil rights throughout the nation, the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) has joined with more than two dozen leading education and civil rights groups to launch the Education Civil Rights Alliance (ECR Alliance).

Schools should serve, educate, empower and be safe for all students, yet all across America today, far too many students face bullying and other barriers to education based on their race, religion, national origin, gender identity, disability, first language, or sexual orientation. Immigrant children continue to be illegally denied the right to enroll in school. Increasingly divisive and hateful rhetoric and growing anti-Muslim and White nationalist sentiment only serve to exacerbate the threats to already marginalized vulnerable students.

“Students’ civil rights are increasingly under attack around the country,” said Jesse Hahnel, NCYL’s Executive Director. “We’re coming together to fight back by providing resources to help school districts protect students, and by taking legal action when they fail in that duty.”

The ECR Alliance will ensure the civil rights of marginalized students remain protected by providing resources to help parents, educators, school districts, and advocates protect students’ civil rights, supporting enforcement actions at the state and local level when schools districts and states fail to do so, working to raise public awareness of these challenges facing students, and serving as a deterrent to discriminatory and illegal behavior.

This alliance includes powerful community groups, experienced educators, the nation’s largest teachers’ unions, accomplished legal organizations, influential national associations, civil rights organizations, and government agencies committed to ensuring that schools serve, educate, empower and are safe for all students. Members of the ECR Alliance have extensive experience in, and a deep commitment to, protecting students’ civil rights.

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