Defending the Civil Rights of Students
NCYL uses a wide range of strategies to defend the civil rights of students and to make schools safe places for where everyone can learn and thrive. 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 students.
Through this campaign NCYL and key partners are reminding state and local education agencies of their obligations under the law, assisting those who need help in complying with legal mandates and holding accountable schools, districts and states that fail to meet these obligations.