Students’ Rights and Governance

Teachers and families have an opportunity to stand against legislative action seeking to actively take away student and parent agency in accessing their choice of school curricula. School boards and the U.S. Department of Education must protect children's rights from being violated by implementing governance laws that protect students' right to an honest, high-quality education, which creates safer, healthier schools.

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Challenges and Opportunities of Providing Free School Meals for All Report
Three elementary students sit and compare lunches at a cafeteria table.

Challenges and Opportunities of Providing Free School Meals for All

The Center for American Progress’ community conversations with a Colorado school district illustrate how offering no-cost school meals is critical for students’ success and opportunities.

Allie Pearce, Anona Neal

Proposed Changes to the Mandatory Civil Rights Data Collection Sign-On Letter

Proposed Changes to the Mandatory Civil Rights Data Collection

In these comments, the Center for American Progress suggests revisions to the Civil Rights Data Collection to get the data necessary to address equity gaps in education.

Center for American Progress and partners

Fighting Systemic Racism in K-12 Education: Helping Allies Move From the Keyboard to the School Board Article
Student activists from New York City public schools—which remain some of the most segregated in the nation—meet with Board of Education officials demanding an end to all metal detectors, a more equitable division of resources within the school system, and reforms to the admissions process, January 2020. (Getty/Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis)

Fighting Systemic Racism in K-12 Education: Helping Allies Move From the Keyboard to the School Board

The surge of new allies in the Black Lives Matter movement for racial justice presents a welcome opportunity to implement systemic changes in the U.S. K-12 education system—and allies should start by following the lead of communities that are Black, Indigenous, and people of color.

Roby Chatterji

3 Ways DeVos Has Put Students At Risk by Deregulating Education Report
 (Two 10th grade students talk in their film class at a high school in Aurora, Colorado.)

3 Ways DeVos Has Put Students At Risk by Deregulating Education

The public and Congress need to pay more attention to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ deregulatory strategy for education.

Laura Jimenez, Antoinette Flores

The Danger Private School Voucher Programs Pose to Civil Rights Report
A group of students stands outside their school in Malden, Massachusetts, May 2017. (Getty/Jonathan Wiggs)

The Danger Private School Voucher Programs Pose to Civil Rights

Through voucher programs, private schools receive public funding even as they fail to protect the most vulnerable students from discrimination.

Bayliss Fiddiman, Jessica Yin

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