American Bar Association


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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Weaver, Pauline
Whittenbury, Beth

Committee Roster  

Committee Work Plan

Programs, Meetings and Events

Section Events

    The World of Student Loan Debt: Understanding Options for You, Clients, and Employees


    The event will be held on 01/17/2017. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs,Center for Professional Development,Section of Dispute Resolution,ABA Legal Career Central,Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Division for Public Education,Division for Legal Services,Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice,Section of Legal Education and Admissions To the Bar,Law Student Division,Division for Public Services. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

Modified by Alli Kielsgard on December 6, 2016

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