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ADVISORY: With ESEA Reauthorization Underway, Sen. Chris Murphy and Sherrilyn Ifill to Address Civil Rights, School Discipline, and Students with Disabilities in the K-12 Setting
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ADVISORY: With ESEA Reauthorization Underway, Sen. Chris Murphy and Sherrilyn Ifill to Address Civil Rights, School Discipline, and Students with Disabilities in the K-12 Setting

Washington, D.C. — Zero-tolerance and other overly punitive school discipline policies have been undermining education for students of color and students with disabilities. Students subjected to expulsions and suspensions lose out on valuable instruction time. With reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or ESEA—our nation’s primary law governing K-12 education—underway in Congress, the Center for American Progress Action Fund will host Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) for a keynote address on civil rights, inclusive school discipline practices, and ensuring academic success for students with disabilities. Sherrilyn Ifill of NAACP Legal Defense Fund will also deliver remarks, and a discussion with a panel of civil rights and disability policy experts will follow.

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WHO:

Welcome:
Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Introductory remarks:
Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc.

Keynote address:
Sen. Chris Murphy, (D-CT)

Panel introductory remarks:
Jose Gallegos, Youth Justice Coalition and Dignity in Schools Campaign

Panelists:
Selene A. Almazan, Legal Director, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates Inc.

Lindsay Jones, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, National Center for Learning Disabilities

Dara Baldwin, Public Policy Analyst, National Disability Rights Network

Regina Butler-Streets, Gwinnett Parent Coalition to Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline and Dignity in Schools Campaign

Moderator:
Janel George, Senior Education Policy Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc.

WHEN:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

10:00 a.m. ET – 11:30 a.m. ET

WHERE:

Center for American Progress Action Fund
1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C., 20005

For more information on this topic, contact Allison Preiss at 202.478.6331 or apreiss@americanprogressaction.org.