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CLE recognizes and applauds the nomination of former CLE attorney and current Appeals Court Judge Geraldine Hines to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

 "Gov. Deval Patrick this afternoon tapped Appeals Court Judge Geraldine S. Hines for the Supreme Judicial Court — a nomination that would make her the first black woman to serve on the state’s highest court."

While at CLE, Hines "litigated civil rights cases relating to discrimination in education and advised on special education law while a staff attorney", later gaining "prominence as a lawyer in the case of...

CLE’s comments in response to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's solicitation for public comment on 603 CMR 53.00, Student Discipline Regulations.

Read the comments here (PDF)

CLE’s comments in response to ED’s NPRM (08/23/13) to amend the regulations under Title I of the ESEA to eliminate authorization for states to develop alternate assessments based on state defined modified achievement standards (AA-MAS) to be administered to certain students with disabilities.

Read the comments here (PDF)

CLE's follow-up comments to the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, highlighting issues of denial of equal educational opportunity, through push-out policies and practices, to LEP students and students with disabilities in Massachusetts charter schools.

These include...

1) The selective and discriminatory enrollment...

In advance of a House vote to roll back the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, CLE joined with 34 other groups representing people of color, people with disabilities, children, and teachers are coming together to oppose the changes. Their joint statement on the bill, known as the Student Success Act, follows (PDF version)

“This week, the House will begin debate on the Student Success Act, a bill that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No...

Continuing an ongoing dialogue on ensuring all students have an equality opportunity to meaningfully access curriculums, CLE provided comments on a draft version of Special Access Accommodations criteria for the PARCC assessment. CLE notes that the current criteria preclude students from being validly assessed in a manner consistent with the PARCC's claims, contrary to both the Standards for Educational and Psychology Testing and their rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. By so restrictively limiting access to special access accommodations like read-aloud,...

  • American Bar Association Calls for Action on Right to High-Quality Education(PDF) Press release announcing ABA’s adoption of three resolutions pertaining to securing the right of every child to a high-quality education. CLE co-director Paul Weckstein, as part of the ABA's Commission on Youth at Risk, was the primary author of the resolutions and the respective accompanying reports set forth below.
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CLE has developed both a short and long version of its Educational Quality Bill of Rights (EQBR.) The EQBR is designed as a starting point both to help schools articulate what they need to provide to ensure that all children receive a high-quality education, and to advance district and state adequacy efforts to help ensure that the resources and supports are sufficient for schools to have the capacity to provide that high-quality education. Below you will find links to the full and short forms of the EQBR, as well as a quick visual overview.

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