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The mission of the Office for Civil Rights is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellencethroughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.

We serve student populations facing discrimination and the advocates and institutions promoting systemic solutions to civil rights problems. An important responsibility is resolving complaints of discrimination. Agency-initiated cases, typically called compliance reviews, permit OCR to target resources on compliance problems that appear particularly acute. OCR also provides technical assistance to help institutions achieve voluntary compliance with the civil rights laws that OCR enforces. An important part of OCR’s technical assistance is partnerships designed to develop creative approaches to preventing and addressing discrimination.


April 22, 2014

Restricting Advanced Placement Courses « CBS Philly

By Dr. Marciene Mattleman   Restricting Advanced Placement Courses « CBS Philly.


April 20, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA From The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and The Huffington Postss

Minority Students Don’t Only Get Less

Experienced Teachers, They Also Get

Less Effective Ones


It’s already known that low-income students of color generally have less experienced teachers, but a new study from the Center for American Progress reveals they have less effective teachers, too.

The Center For American Progress report, released Friday, analyzed the evaluation scores of teachers in low-income and affluent districts in both Massachusetts and Louisiana.

Throughout the past few years, states have been incentivized to adopt new teacher evaluation systems through Race To The Top funding. The teacher evaluations in Massachusetts and Louisiana — two states that are unique in making evaluation scores public — rate teachers based on measures like student scores on standardized tests and effectiveness during classroom observation sessions.

In Louisiana, where teachers are rated as either “ineffective,” “effective-emerging,” “effective-proficient” or “highly effective,” researchers found that “a student in a school in the highest-poverty quartile is almost three times as likely to be taught by a teacher rated ineffective as a student in a school in the lowest-poverty quartile.”

The graphic below shows the breakdown of scores:


Similarly, students in schools with a high concentration of minorities are more than twice as likely to have an ineffective teacher than students in schools with a low minority enrollment.

Massachusetts teachers receive ratings such as “unsatisfactory,” “needs improvement,” “proficient” or “exemplary.” Although Massachusetts has fewer teachers with poor ratings than Louisiana, students in high-poverty schools are three times as likely to be taught by a teacher rated “unsatisfactory” than students in low-poverty schools, the report notes. See the graphic below:


Results are similar for schools with a high concentration of minority students.

Another Center For American Progress study, also out Friday, analyzed the root causes for what is called the unequal distribution of teachers. The report noted that while No Child Left Behind previously asked states to devise plans that would ensure the equitable distribution of teachers, subsequent waivers gave states flexibility from these requirements.

“Regardless of how it is measured, teacher quality is not distributed equitably across schools and districts. Poor students and students of color are less likely to get well-qualified or high-value teachers than students from higher-income families or students who are white,” says the report.

Jenny DeMonte, associate director for education research at American Progress, told The Huffington Post that both studies indicate, “we’ve got some work to do.”

In order to fix these problems, she said, districts should incentivize effective teachers to work in disadvantaged districts and create mentorship programs that pair effective teachers with struggling ones.

“Regardless of how you splice it or measure it, this continues to be something we need to think about. Having an effective teacher is a key driver in whether a student achieves and learns a lot,” DeMonte said.

================================================================================================== LINCOLN UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA INTRODUCES FIXED RATE TUITION 2014-2015


Posted on April 11, 2014. Posted in All University

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA  The Lincoln University introduces a fixed-tuition plan for incoming students this Fall, setting a fixed rate for four years of undergraduate education.  The fixed rate does not include fees or room and board costs. The Board of Trustees approved the measure at its February meeting, which allows parents and students to know tuition costs in advance and allows them to plan accordingly.  Lincoln’s total 2014-15 tuition for full-time In-State students is $7,160 and $11,836 for Out-of-State. “With the ongoing struggle that some parents and students face to finance a college education, a fixed-tuition rate provides some welcomed relief and offers an additional incentive for those to choose to attend Lincoln,”  said President Dr. Robert R. Jennings. “The university is doing all we can to remain competitive and at the same time make an education accessible and affordable for all qualified students.” Currently, the university is also engaged in a $10 million Students First Campaign to raise money for need and merit-based scholarships. If students do not meet the four year graduation deadline, tuition increases to the particular rate of incoming freshmen and transfer students for that year.  Over the last few years, tuition has increased less than 3% a year. According to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, about 320 schools nationwide offered these plans from 2012-2013.

Founded in 1854, The Lincoln University (PA) is the FIRST of four Lincoln Universities in the world and is the nation’s FIRST degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU).  The University combines the elements of a liberal arts and science-based undergraduate curriculum along with select graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly-technological and global society.  Today, Lincoln, which enrolls a diverse student body of approximately 2,000 men and women, possesses an international reputation for preparing and producing world class leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, the FIRST African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Lillian Fishburne, the FIRST African American woman promoted to Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, Langston Hughes, the noted poet, Kwame Nkrumah, the FIRST President of Ghana, Nnamdi Azikiwe, the FIRST President of Nigeria and a myriad of others. 


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