After a 8 year hiatus in enforcing any Civil Rights Laws, except those of the majority population – the new Administration has finally turned it’s focus on to enforcing Civil Rights again. I’m not sure what took the Obama Administration so long to figure out the Civil Rights well had been poisoned by the anti-Civil Rights conservatives of the Bushit Administration leading to a number of structural issues from education to jobs to the destruction of Minority Small Business…
But they seem to have gotten there – if a bit belatedly.
What will be interesting about the DOE’s efforts, is how they intend to execute against this objective. Since the Supreme Court hasn’t seen a Civil Rights violation it couldn’t overlook since the appointment of the infamous 5-4 majority – legal action, even in egregious cases isn’t likely to be successful. The SCUMUS 5 are no more likely to be sympathetic to the Civil Rights of Minority children, than a KKK Grandmuckus to the victim of a lynching. And that doesn’t even get into the issue of the lower courts poisoned with ideologues and syncopates during the Bushit.
Officials Step Up Enforcement of Rights Laws in Education
Bloody Sunday, Police Attack Civil Rights Workers in Voting Rights March. Cong John Lewis is seen on the Ground After Being Hit in the foreground.
Seeking to step up enforcement of civil rights laws, the federal Department of Education says it will be sending letters in coming weeks to thousands of school districts and colleges, outlining their responsibilities on issues of fairness and equal opportunity.
As part of that effort, the department intends to open investigations known as compliance reviews in about 32 school districts nationwide, seeking to verify that students of both sexes and all races are getting equal access to college preparatory curriculums and to advanced placement courses. The department plans to open similar civil rights investigations at half a dozen colleges.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan is to announce the initiatives in a speech on Monday in Selma, Ala., where on March 7, 1965, hundreds of civil rights marchers were beaten by Alabama state troopers.
Mr. Duncan plans to say that in the past decade the department’s Office for Civil Rights “has not been as vigilant as it should have been in combating gender and racial discrimination and protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities,” according to a text of the speech distributed to reporters on Sunday.
It continues, “We are going to reinvigorate civil rights enforcement.”
At the end of high school, white students are about six times as likely to be ready to pursue college-level biology courses as black students, and more than four times as likely to be ready for college algebra, department officials said. White high school graduates are more than twice as likely to have taken advanced placement calculus classes as black or Latino graduates…
Some civil rights advocates said they had hoped the administration would move more quickly last year to ramp up the activity of the Office for Civil Rights, the department’s second-largest, with 600 employees.
“This whole area has been a dead zone for years, and people were worried that new actions were too slow in coming,” said William L. Taylor, chairman of the Citizens’ Commission on Civil Rights, a Washington group that monitors federal policy and practices. “There had been strong hopes that they would move more quickly. This sounds like positive movement, which we’ve all been asking for.”
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