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Providence School District Sued for Hiding Documents Related to Federal Law Violations

Posted: Aug 29, 2019 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Open Government Students' Rights

Attorneys for the ACLU of Rhode Island and R.I. Legal Services (RILS) today filed a lawsuit against the Providence School District for hiding information about its extensive violations of the rights of English Language Learner (EL) students that led to a settlement agreement between the school system and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) more than a year ago.

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Woonsocket Agrees to Make Police Misconduct Records Public

Posted: Aug 27, 2019 |Category: Active Case Open Government Police Practices

Responding to an Access to Public Records Act (APRA) complaint that the ACLU of Rhode Island filed last month, the Woonsocket Police Department has released copies of its final investigations of internally-generated complaints of police misconduct that it had previously declared confidential.

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ACLU Issues Statement on Wyatt Detention Center Protest Incident

Posted: Aug 15, 2019 |Category: Immigration Police Practices

The ACLU of RI responds to last night's actions by correctional officers at the Wyatt Detention Center aimed at peaceful protesters.

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SK School Committee Approves Resolution; Will Not Cooperate with ICE without Judicial Warrant

Posted: Aug 14, 2019 |Category: Civil Rights Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Due Process Immigration Students' Rights

The South Kingstown School Committee has approved a resolution clarifying that they will not cooperate with ICE without a judicial warrant.

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ACLU Calls on PVD School Officials to Promptly Address “Alarming” Racial Disparities in Discipline

Posted: Aug 07, 2019 |Category: Civil Rights Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Fair Administration of Justice Students' Rights Youth Rights

Citing a “persistently disproportionate use of disciplinary action and suspensions against students of color,” the ACLU of RI has called upon Providence school officials to take immediate action to address this problem before the school session starts next month.

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ACLU Applauds Education Ruling Helping To Stem Unnecessary Out-Of-School Suspensions

Posted: Aug 02, 2019 |Category: Active Case Due Process Police Practices Students' Rights

In an important decision enforcing a law aimed at reducing harm caused by out-of-school suspensions, an appeals committee of the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education (CESE) has upheld an R.I. Department of Education (RIDE) hearing officer’s decision that the Barrington School District improperly issued an out-of-school suspension to a middle school student.

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ACLU Adds New Claims in 1st Amendment Suit over State’s Discrimination Against Authors

Posted: Jul 25, 2019 |Category: Active Case Due Process Free Speech

The ACLU today has added new constitutional claims to a lawsuit it filed in May against the State, challenging the state Division of Taxation’s position that a special sales tax exemption for Rhode Island authors applies only to works of fiction, and not to non-fiction, because non-fiction is not “creative and original.”

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