The “New Education Majority” poll is a new annual poll from The Education Fund that seeks to capture the beliefs of new majority parents and families so that decisionmakers can make better choices about the education our children receive.
In an economy with widening income inequality and persistent poverty, there are many concrete steps that the nation can and must take to begin to turn the tide. We work to inform key stakeholders about economic security policy solutions that will help close gaps and increase opportunities for communities facing persistent disadvantage, including vulnerable children and families of color.
Voting rights are one of the key pillars of democracy. The ability to vote—to have a voice in choosing the elected officials whose decisions impact our lives, families, communities, and country—is at the core of what it means to be an American.
Access to communications and technology is vital to thriving in our nation’s 21st century economy. Our work includes ensuring that new technologies further, not hinder, civil rights protections, and expanding media diversity and access to broadband.

Highlights of Recent Work

Raising wages is more than a question of economics. It’s a question of values that forces us to grapple with whether we as a nation value the people who are the engine of our economy. In “Bare Minimum: Why We Need to Raise Wages for America’s Lowest-Paid Families,” The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality make the case for raising wages that is grounded in history, economics, and movements across the country, but particularly in the lived experience of our nation’s lowest-paid working people. The report tells the stories of eight working people from across the country trying to make ends meet on incomes just above the federal minimum wage and makes recommendations for how we can pay people fairly for the important work that they do.

A fully inclusive, balanced, and well-executed population count is critical to upholding the civil rights of every person in the United States. If new technology is deployed in
ways that overcome disparate internet and device access and strictly guard confidentiality, the 2020 Census—the next once-a-decade attempt to count everyone in the United States—could break new ground in efficacy, accuracy, and cost savings. “Counting Everyone in the Digital Age: The Implications of Technology Use in the 2020 Decennial Census for the Count of Disadvantaged Groups,” addresses how proposed Internet and automation technologies will affect 2020 Census enumeration for groups at risk of being undercounted. The report also includes actionable recommendations for Congress, the administration, and community leaders.

Communities Against Hate is a national initiative to collect data and respond to incidents of violence, threats, and property damage motivated by hate around the United States. The initiative is led by The Leadership Conference Education Fund, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and  partner organizations representing diverse communities that reflect the fabric of America. Go to: CommunitiesAgainstHate.org to learn more.

 

The Carol H. Pitchersky Development Fellowship was established by The Leadership Conference Education Fund to honor Carol Pitchersky, a social justice fundraising pioneer. The purpose of the Fellowship is to: expand the fundraising capacity of the nation’s social justice community and offer opportunities for career training and advancement to minority professionals engaged in development efforts regarding social justice. To read more about the program, click here.

 

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