CLE strives to make the right of all students to a quality education a reality.

Do you believe in the right of every child to a high-quality public education?

Learn about how the Center for Law and Education works to make that right a reality, particularly for children in low-income families across the country. Below are just a few examples.  (For more information, browse this site.) We also urge you to support our work in this struggle.   

We need your help now to continue our many efforts, including, for example, our work to:

  • Address systemic barriers that prevent low-income students from achieving at high levels and remaining in school to learn – such as tracking into low-level, unengaging classes, denying students with IEPs meaningful access to the general curriculum, or failing to provide English learners such access, including, for those with disabilities, integrated special instruction taught by qualified bilingual educators.
  • Eliminate admissions policies for career and technical education high school programs that systematically discriminate against low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities, and English learners– while ensuring that these programs broaden, rather than limit, students’ postsecondary and long-term career opportunities by integrating high-level academics and providing students with strong experience and comprehensive understanding of all aspects of an industry, not just training for a single job. 
  • Promote the Educational Quality Bill of Rights – a tool CLE developed to help families and educators create school-level change. The EQBR links law, policy, and research-based practices, empowering policy-makers to articulate core elements of quality education that every child should receive—and every family should be able to count on. 
  • Protect immigrant students’ privacy rights – by challenging the inappropriate sharing of student information by School Resource Officers with police and ICE. 

Using its unique blend of educational and legal expertise, CLE works collaboratively – with educators, families, schools, school systems, state and federal education departments, and Congress — whenever possible and through legal challenges whenever necessary. 

 Kathy Boundy and Paul Weckstein, Co-Directors