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The Erosion of Disparate Impact and Future of Civil Rights in Education

The Education & Democracy Webinar Series series continues with an exploration of disparate impact legal theory and its significance for protecting civil rights in education and addressing discrimination in a variety of areas, including school discipline disparities. Speakers also explore the history and significance of disparate impact as a leading legal theory and how recent attempts to erode it can impact students' civil rights and access to educational opportunities.


  • Andrew R. Hairston, Director, School-to-Prison Pipeline Project, Texas Appleseed
  • Liz King, Program Director, Education, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • David Hinojosa, Director, Education Opportunities Project, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Véronique Pluviose, Staff Director, House Committee on Education and Labor


  • Janel A. George, Co-Chair, Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice; Co-Chair, Education Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Co-Sponsors: ABA Center on Children and the LawABA Center for Public Interest LawABA Division for Public EducationABA Section of State and Local Government LawABA Standing Committee on Election Law


Presentation: David Hinojosa

We Came to Learn: A Call to Action for Police Free Schools
Courtesy of Andrew Hairston

Civil Rights Principles for Safe, Healthy, and Inclusive School Climates
Courtesy of Andrew Hairston

K-12 Education:  Discipline Disparities for Black Students, Boys, and Students with Disabilities 
Courtesy of Veronique Pluviose

Brown v. Board of Education at 65: A Promise Unfulfilled, Hearing Before the  H. Comm. on Educ. & Lab., 116th Cong. 
Courtesy of Veronique Pluviose

Civil Rights Principles for Safe, Healthy, and Inclusive School Climates
Courtesy of Liz King

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