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ERA Legal Director Co-Chairs Legal Committee of Education Civil Rights Alliance

November 2, 2017 | by

For Immediate Release
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Sarah Christiano,, 415-575-2380

ERA Legal Director Jennifer Reisch to Co-Chair Legal Committee
of National Effort to Defend Students’ Civil Rights

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

ERA Legal Director Jennifer Reisch will co-chair the Legal Committee of the ECR Alliance. The committee will support legal enforcement actions at the state and local level when school districts and states fail to ensure the civil rights of vulnerable students.

“The federal Department of Education has wasted no time in rolling back protections of vulnerable students’ civil rights,” said Jennifer Reisch. “I look forward to working with a national group of legal and civil rights experts to ensure no school district or state infringes on the rights of students.”

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.

The ECR Alliance will ensure the civil rights of vulnerable students remain protected by: providing resources to parents, educators, school districts, and advocates; supporting legal enforcement actions at the state and local level; 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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