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More of Our Advocacy Work

 

Law Enforcement in Montgomery County, Maryland Public Schools:

On June 29, 2020, the national Lawyers’ Committee urged the Montgomery County Board of Education to remove the regular presence of law enforcement from the county’s public schools and reinvest those funds into student and family support systems. Research has shown the presence of law enforcement results in increased harm for students, particularly Black students.

Read the letter.

 

Rights of LGBTQ+ Students and Staff:

 The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and 240 other civil rights and education organizations have called for an end to discrimination against LGBTQ+ students, educators, faculty and staff. In an open letter, the groups urged all students, educators and families to advance inclusive and welcoming environments in all schools that celebrate and affirm LGBTQ+ students and staff.

Read the open letter.

 

Treatment of Black Students With Disabilities in Delaware

 The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law conducted a preliminary review of state and school-level discipline data in response to concerns about the potential discriminatory treatment of Black students and Black students with disabilities in Delaware. After initial observations, letters were sent to the Delaware Department of Education outlining several troubling areas that were found.

Read the letters.