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Who We Are

Welcome! The Education Committee's mission is to protect and advance: 1) the right of equal access and opportunity to public education for all people; 2) the rights and responsibilities of students, parents, teachers and administrators within the public school system; and 3) an understanding of civic responsibility within the public education system.

To accomplish these goals the Committee works both independently and through partnerships with interested entities within and without the ABA, to develop, support and promote policies safeguarding the right to public education for all on equal terms. The Committee also works with partners to sponsor and/or create forums for discussion of public education issues within the legal community and the general public, as well as design programs to educate students, parents and teachers in their civic rights and responsibilities.

Notes from April 27 Committee Call

Committee Projects

The following summary is meant to provide a spring board from which to develop specific initiatives that the ABA or other concerned entities can advocate both regionally and at a national, congressional level.

The following report was compiled under the auspices of the Education Committee as an effort to assist those deciding whether to promote a right to quality education and to provide guidance for federal programs encouraging or attempting to mandate certain educational standards. The project originally envisioned multiple focus groups which would relate findings then to be compiled based on overlapping results. However this report summarizes the finding of one task force formed to include diverse racial, economic, gender and age perspectives. Those interested in forming new or additional focus groups are invited to do so by using the guidelines: "Outline for Establishing and Running Right to Quality Education Focus Groups" also posted on this website.

Report - Focus Group Findings - Core Elements to a Right to Quality Education Defined

Outline for Establishing and Running Right to Quality Education Focus Groups

Report - Focus Group Findings - 08/31/2016 Report by Ayan Islam

Report - Focus Group Findings - January 2016 Report by Krista Galleberg

Report - Focus Group Report from Partnership of Child Health - November 2016 Report by Garry Bevel

Committee Research

National Bullying Policy Project


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Committee Work Plan

Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events

    What do Abortion Rights, Voting Rights, Affirmative Action, and Gay Marriage Have in Common?


    Join us on January 24, 2017 as a panel of constitutional law experts explore the common threads in these seemingly unconnected areas of law. Reflecting on the 2015 and 2016 U.S. Supreme Court terms, panelists will discuss the groundbreaking decisions in Whole Womans Health v. Hellerstedt , which reaffirmed ...

    Police Civil Rights Litigation: From Ferguson to Dallas and Beyond


    The event will be held on 01/24/2017. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities,Center for Professional Development,Criminal Justice Section,Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice,Judicial Division,Section of State and Local Government Law. The event has 1.00 CLE Credits .

    How the ADA Applies to Performance, Conduct, and Attendance Standards: What You Need to Know


    The event will be held on 01/25/2017. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Commission on Law and Aging,Center for Professional Development,Commission On Disability Rights,Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division,Health Law Section,Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice,Section of Labor and Employment Law,Division for Public Services. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

Modified by Alli Kielsgard on December 6, 2016

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