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The gender pay gap in the federal workforce has decreased considerably since 1999, but has not yet closed. In 2017, women earned 93 cents for every dollar earned by men. The pay gap is greater for certain groups of women, including Hispanics/Latinas, Blacks, and American Indians or Alaska Natives.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to rapidly shift to distance learning. This presented logistical and instructional challenges, especially for English learners and students with disabilities—both of whom have persistent achievement gaps compared to other student subgroups.
Studies have noted that historical trauma, exposure to violence, and substance abuse make Native American youth susceptible to becoming involved with the justice system.
Four federal departments administered at least 38 grant programs (and about $1.
In addition to their role in education, public schools serve as voting locations, emergency shelters, and more. But can people with disabilities access all public school buildings?
Our national survey found two-thirds of school districts had facilities with physical barriers that may limit access.
We looked at federal agencies’ efforts to hire and retain individuals with disabilities.
Agencies hired about 143,600 persons with disabilities from 2011-2015—exceeding the federal target of 100,000. Agencies made an additional 79,600 hires in 2016 and 2017.
Religious-based hate crimes are on the rise on America’s college campuses, according to data from the Departments of Education and Justice.
DOJ offers publications, webpages, and educational activities to help colleges and campus law enforcement monitor and address these crimes.
Environmental justice seeks to address the disproportionately high health and environmental risks found among low-income and minority communities by seeking their fair treatment and involvement in environmental policy.