#EdEquityChat Roundup: Is Education a Civil Right?

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#EdEquityChat Roundup: Is Education a Civil Right?

#EdEquityChat Roundup: Is Education a Civil Right?

Yesterday evening, Education Post held an #EdEquityChat on Twitter based on answering the question, “Is Education a Civil Right?”

In light of the current climate where Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration continue to roll back protections for several vulnerable groups, the topic takes on extra significance.

Here Are Some Highlights From the Twitter Chat:

The crux of the issue we wanted to get at…So, is education a civil right or not?

The majority of responses landed somewhere between “YES!” and it definitely “should be.”

Several people went even further to say it’s not just about access to an education, it’s about where or not a “quality” education should be considered a civil right.

Diving deeper, are there certain education rights that should be guaranteed to all students?

Dr. Davis Dixon, a research associate at The Education Trust, highlighted the importance of access to rigorous coursework. A recent Ed Trust report highlighted a gap in the strength of math assignments between well-resourced schools and those in higher poverty areas.

Others noted the importance of resources and opportunities.

Our third question asked why civil rights laws in education exist for certain subgroups.

The common theme was that it comes down to historical context and protecting those who have been marginalized and discriminated against.

Are schools doing things differently in light of the fact that the Trump administration has initiated civil rights rollbacks for students of color as well as those with special needs?

Miriam Rollin, director of the Education Civil Rights Alliance highlighted some of those rollbacks.

And, maybe it’s too early to know how things will play out and how schools can respond.

Question five dealt specifically with students with disabilities and whether or not they are receivings the protections and services they need in schools.

The general consensus was “no”, and that teachers and schools need more resources and support in providing the services these students deserve.

Which civil rights in education are people worried are under threat?

Civil rights regarding sexual assaults and discipline disparities.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which ensures students with a disability receive tailored services.

Finally, in 2018, 50 years after MLK Jr. gave his iconic “I Have a Dream Speech,” we wonder if education is the civil rights issue of our time.

Some said yes:

Another response noted that before pointing out just education, we should realize the original fight for civil rights is not finished.

“If we are honest with ourselves as a country, we haven’t yet realized the true essence of everything our civil rights leaders fought for.”

Weren’t able to join the chat? Check out more of what happened and join the conversation with #EdEquityChat.

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