Student Rights in School

Happy Big 4-0, Title IX!

Happy Big 4-0, Title IX!

On June 23rd, 1972, President Nixon signed Title IX into law. Nearly 40 years later, the passage of Title IX is viewed as an unequivocal milestone in the struggle to protect, defend and expand civil liberties. As we celebrate Title IX’s 40th birthday, it is worth reflecting on its significance, as well as on the challenges that lie ahead.

Thirty Years After Plyler v. Doe, Alabama’s Children Suffer

Thirty Years After Plyler v. Doe, Alabama’s Children Suffer

For 15 years, I’ve served as principal of Foley Elementary in Alabama, a school that has become known in our Hispanic community as “La Escuela Amistosa” or the “Friendly School.”

United We Dream

United We Dream

There are 2.1 million of us. Then, there are our parents, friends, and neighbors—courageous, hardworking undocumented Americans. Together, we are 11.2 million. We’ve met and overcome great hardship.

Plyler’s Legacy Goes to College

Plyler’s Legacy Goes to College

By Michael Tan, Staff Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Project, ACLU at 2:23pm

Adriana Sanchez, whose story was recently reported by the Associated Press, was brought from Mexico to Central California at age twelve by her parents, who are both farm workers. The family overstayed their visas. As the AP explained:

Even…

Protecting the Promise of Plyler in Alabama and Beyond

Protecting the Promise of Plyler in Alabama and Beyond

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 5:35pm

“This,” said Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez, “is about real people with real dreams.”        

Yesterday, Perez joined the Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary…

School Is For Everyone: Celebrating Plyler v. Doe

School Is For Everyone: Celebrating Plyler v. Doe

By Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU at 10:11am

Jocelyn came to the United States when she was six years old, brought by a single mom who wanted her to go to school and have a better life than she did. Today, at age 14, Jocelyn is an honors student in Alabama, where she hopes to become the first in her family to graduate from high school, and to one day become a doctor. Jocelyn is striving to live the American Dream. 

Honor Student Jailed and Fined for Missing School

Honor Student Jailed and Fined for Missing School

By Taurean K. Brown, Racial Justice Program at 12:57pm

Texas Judge Lanny Moriarity's decision to "make of an example" of 17-year old honor student Diane Tran succeeds only in highlighting the insensitive and counterproductive treatment of Texas juveniles in the state's criminal justice system.…

Just Say "No" to "Don't Say Gay"

Just Say "No" to "Don't Say Gay"

By Amanda Goad, LGBT Project & Anna Ziering, LGBT Project at 2:11pm

For a while, it looked as if Tennessee legislators had come to their senses and backed off the bill popularly known as "Don't Say Gay." Unfortunately, the bill is now roaring forward again, but there may still be a chance of stopping it.

In…

BREAKING – Obama Administration Endorses Student Non-Discrimination Act

BREAKING – Obama Administration Endorses Student Non-Discrimination Act

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 5:13pm

SNDA is a necessary federal legislative solution to the serious problem of anti-LGBT discrimination and harassment in our nation's public schools.

Does the Obama Administration Support SNDA?

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:53pm

During the White House Conference on Safe Schools and Communities held at the University of Texas at Arlington on Tuesday, Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett both walked up to the line of an endorsement for the Student…

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