Dear Friend of the Washington Lawyers' Committee,
As students return to school this fall, the Washington Lawyers’ Committee is renewing its commitment to ensuring that there is equality of opportunity for all students.
Strong reminders of the legacy of racial segregation in education has been in the news a lot recently. We have read with great sadness about the defacing of the historic Ashburn Colored School in Loudon County, and watched the Vice Presidential debates in Farmville, Virginia, the site of mass resistance to integration in the 1950’s and 1960’s. But what have been less reported are the current consequences of that legacy in a persistent achievement gap and with far too many students of color expelled and suspended from school.
Through our school partnership program and legal advocacy, we are working to make a difference in overcoming that legacy. Read below about our new Parent Engagement and Academic Enrichment Program and the brief we filed to ensure that neighborhood schools receive the funding they need for students to succeed.
Executive Director, Washington Lawyers' Committee