Education Equity Inititaive



On September 27, 2012, the HRC worked with the Board of Supervisors City and School District Select Committee to hold a hearing on the disproportionate drop -out rate and the achievement gap that exist between African American students and the overall student population in the City

Since this hearing, the Human Rights Commission has partnered with community based organizations, including the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Mo Magic, Coleman Advocates for Youth and Children, and the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, to provide community based legal education clinics. The purpose of these clinics is to

  • Provide support to community organizations to enhance their capacity to identify and address education-related legal issues
  • Connect students, parents and service providers with information and resource on various topics, including accessing special education, bullying, addressing particular needs of English as a Second Language Learners, Discrimination in schools, and school discipline. 


Education Equity Clinics

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Getting in and Getting Out of Special Education Powerpoint (February 2013)

Special Education, Truancy, School Discipline (May 2013)

Special Education: Tips for Service Providers Filmore (September 2013)

Special Education: Tips for Service Providers Bayview (September 2013)

School Discipline (December 2013)

Individualized Education Plans and School Discipline (December 2013)



Special Education Referral and Assessment (December 2013)

Education Equity: Harassment, Discrimination, and  Hostile Environment (May 2014)

  • Presentation

English as Second Language Learners (May 2014)



Brown v. Board of Education at 60: Examining Racial Equity in San Francisco Schools




On May 13, 2014, the HRC hosted a commemoration of  the 60th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education court decision.  The event focused on the continuing legacy of Brown v. Board of Education and the successes and continued challenges of achieving racial equity in the San Francisco schools. Moderated by Kimberly Thomas Rapp, Esq., Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, the evening  included historical context, student and parent reflections, and an interactive panel discussion.

Program Agenda

To listen to the audio of the event, please click here

For a transcipt of the event, click here.