NWLC Responds to Rescission of Discipline Guidance by Departments of Justice and Education

The following is a statement by Emily Martin, Vice President for Education and Workplace Justice at the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):

“Once again, the Administration has embraced a policy that undermines students’ civil rights. By withdrawing guidance that reminded schools of their responsibility to address racial discrimination in school discipline, a disturbing message is being sent to students of color:  the government does not have your back. Across the country, girls of color are too often punished for minor offenses and pushed out of school, based on race and gender bias. Betsy DeVos has abandoned her responsibility to these students, but schools still have a legal obligation to address discrimination in discipline. We must hold schools to that commitment and make sure that schools treat students fairly and respond to trauma with support, not punishment. We must work together to create schools that let all students thrive and learn.”




For immediate release: December 21, 2018
Contact:  Maria Patrick (
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The National Women’s Law Center is a non-profit organization that has been working since 1972 to advance and protect women’s equality and opportunity.  The Center focuses on major policy areas of importance to women and their families including economic security, education, employment and health, with special attention given to the concerns of low-income women.  For more information on the Center, visit:  www.nwlc.org.