We’ve gone to court to desegregate public schools, challenged harmful and discriminatory discipline policies, pressed for equitable funding, and sought to address the education gaps faced by many students, including Latinos and English learners.
Our attorneys have secured landmark victories, including Plyler v. Doe, the 1982 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that guarantees all children the right to attend public schools, regardless of immigration status.
MALDEF’s work is more important than ever. Today, Latino children account for one in four students enrolled in public schools, yet many still face significant barriers to a meaningful education. We fight to eliminate those obstacles and work to improve Latino students’ access to higher learning.
We challenge colleges and universities to secure equal access and to ensure Latino students have an equitable opportunity to pursue and achieve their higher education dreams.
LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today in (Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard, and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina) upends a 45-year-precedent that clearly affirmed the use of race as one of several considerations in admissions.
LOS ANGELES – A federal court has refused to temporarily block a Colorado school district’s rule that bars a student from wearing a sash honoring her Mexican American heritage.
DENVER, COLORADO – A Colorado school district’s decision to ban a student from wearing a sash at her graduation ceremony that honors her Mexican American heritage is unconstitutional, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES – A Latino civil rights organization is challenging the closure of elementary schools that serve high concentrations of Latino students in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), according to papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Friday.
LOS ANGELES – Today marks the 40th anniversary Plyler v. Doe, of one our nation’s most consequential constitutional decisions and a singular achievement in the history of MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund).
LOS ANGELES – Yesterday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott offhandedly threatened to challenge Plyler v. Doe, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, secured by MALDEF attorneys, that ensures all children, including undocumented students, have access to a free public K-12 education.
LOS ANGELES, CA – A Latino civil rights group warned two Arizona school districts on Friday that enrollment forms seeking information about citizenship status violate the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that guarantees every child the right to a public K-12 education regardless of immigration status
LOS ANGELES – A New Mexico state court today rejected an argument by state officials that they had complied with a historic 2018 education ruling and should be released from a court’s order.
MALDEF SEEKS EN BANC REVIEW OF RULING IN LAWSUIT AGAINST SCHOOL OFFICIAL WHO THREATENED TO CALL ICE ON PARENT
LOS ANGELES – A split panel of a federal court of appeals erred when it upheld a ruling dismissing a lawsuit filed against a principal who threatened to call immigration officials on a parent, according to civil rights attorneys.
SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO – Civil rights attorneys are asking a judge to strike a request by New Mexico officials to end a landmark education case that requires the state to address longstanding deficiencies in the K-12 public education system.