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

We view education as a critical pillar of democracy and essential to a functional society. 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 social and civic rights and responsibilities.

Feb. 22, 2017 Conference Call Minutes

Mar. 29, 2017 Conference Call Minutes

Apr. 27, 2017 Conference Call Minutes

May 4, 2017 Conference Call Minutes

May 25, 2017 Conference Call Minutes

August 31, 2017 Conference Call Minutes

October 5, 2017 Conference Call Minutes

Committee Projects

Education Bill of RightsThe Education Bill of Rights

A Summary of Findings from the ABA Civil Rights and Social Justice Section's Education Focus Groups
By Beth K. Whittenbury

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Tools for Schools Handbook Tools for Schools

Second Edition e-Book

A Handbook for Lawyer Engagement in Student Education

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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 reports were 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. 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" posted directly below. Our goal is to see if common threads of educational values run throughout our nation.

Outline for Establishing and Running Right to Quality Education Focus Groups

Report - Los Angeles, CA Focus Group Findings - Beth Whittenbury, CRSJ Education Committee Chair - January 23, 2009

Report - Washington, D.C. Focus Group Findings - Ayan Islam - June 29, 2016

Report - Palos Verdes Estates, CA Focus Group Findings - Krista Galleberg - January 2016

Report - Jacksonville, FL Focus Group Report - Garry Bevel, Partnership of Child Health - November 2016

Report - Oklahoma Focus Group Findings - Jennifer Marshall, LCSW, Positive Tomorrows

Report - Dallas Focus Group Findings - Linda Britton, Director, ABA Commission on Youth at Risk - January 2017

Report - Hawaii Focus Group Findings - Leslie Hayashi, District Court Judge - January 2017

Report - Orlando Focus Group Findings - Deshaud Brunson - February 2017

Report - St. Louis Focus Group Findings - Val Hirschberg - May 2017

Report - Detroit Focus Group Findings - Reggie Turner - May 2017

Report - Chicago Focus Group Findings - Ardath Hamann - May 2017

Report - Evanston, IL Focus Group Findings - William A. Whittenbury - May 18, 2017


Committee Research

National Bullying Policy Project


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Susi, Christie
Weaver, Pauline
Whittenbury, Beth


Farran, William
Freese, Paul
McLeod, Michelle

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