Education Equity

The ACLU supports and defends equal rights and opportunities for all students.

High quality education so all may reach their highest potential.

Education is the key to strengthening our communities, our economy, and our democracy. Given this, education should be prioritized in the allocation of public funding and other resources.

We support and defend equal rights and opportunities for all students, regardless of their economic background, linguistic ability, race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, mental or physical disability, or sexual orientation.

Every student should get to attend a school that provides a high quality education free from discrimination.

We work for and support the rights of all students to a clean school, safe learning environment, adequate instructional materials, and qualified teachers.

We support the creation of a culture of success at all schools and within all communities so that all students strive to reach their fullest potential.

Schools should be institutions of learning and safety...not over-policing.
Juvenile Justice

ACLU Statement On Lincoln High School Incident

The ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties is deeply concerned about an incident yesterday at Lincoln High School, in which a school police officer tased a student who is now facing charges in juvenile court and San... Read More


Making the Local Control Funding Formula Work

  While students, parents, faculty and school staff gear up for the excitement of a new school year, a critically important process is unfolding largely out of public view. California schools are nearing the... Read More

Immigrant Rights

An Important First Step in Fixing School Discipline in California

This video contains all-too common stories in California: young students, even kindergartners, kicked out of school for minor incidents, conduct labeled “willful defiance.” Hearing these students tell their... Read More


Across the Digital Divide

Raising serious concerns about equal access the San Diego ACLU urged the Oceanside Unified School District to rescind any requirement for families to use an online system for enrolling students. To require families to... Read More

LGBTQ Rights

Attempt to Repeal the School Success and Opportunity Act Fails

SAN FRANCISCO—Today, the effort to repeal the School Success and Opportunity Act—California’s new law ensuring that all children have opportunities to do well in school—failed to qualify for the ballot. The... Read More