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Human and Civil Rights

Human and Civil Rights

Advocacy in Action

NEA Human and Civil Rights understands that education advocacy and social justice advocacy go hand in hand, and that an increasingly diverse kaleidoscope of students and educators must feel welcome in our public schools.

The Intersection of Poverty and Education

Journalist Kavitha Cardoza, whose series Beating the Odds highlights students who have overcome tremendous obstacles, speaks with TalkPoverty about the poverty issues that spill into our schools and why it’s impossible to separate education reporting from poverty reporting. Read more...

Undocumented Students and College for All

At a time when global competition is fiercer than ever and America needs to increase its college-going and high school graduation rates, undocumented students face nearly insurmountable barriers to attaining a college degree and contributing to the nation’s economy. Read more... 

How To Advocate for English Language Learners

America’s fastest-growing student demographic is so disproportionately underserved by the public school system, the number of programs and dollars spent per English Language Learner is in decline even as the number of ELL students has skyrocketed. How can educators and other stakeholders fight for the rights of language-minority students? NEA’s new guide, All In! How Educators Can Advocate for English Language Learners ( PDF, 853 KB, 44 pgs.), offers strategies, resources, and step-by-step instructions for navigating the real-life issues educators encounter every day.




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