Today's most important civil rights issue is being played out in America's high school classrooms. Every year, more than one million students drop out, meaning almost one of every three freshmen will not have a high school diploma four years later. While roughly 70 percent of all high school students graduate on time, only about half of African American and American Indian and Alaska Native students do, and just about 55 percent of Hispanic students graduate. And contrary to the model minority myth, many Asian Americans also face barriers in education.
About the Campaign
The Campaign for High School Equity (CHSE) is a coalition of leading civil rights organizations representing communities of color that is focused on high school education reform. It was formed to address the unequal American public education system, which does not provide high-quality education to students of color and youth from low-income neighborhoods.
CHSE members are united in the conviction that it is every student's right to receive a quality high school education that will expand opportunities for success in life and allow them to become productive and prosperous adults.
CHSE fights to increase educational fairness and access for all students, and to ensure that American high schools are equipped to pave the way for success among minority and low-income youth.
CHSE Policy Priorities
- Make All Students Proficient and Prepared for College and Career
- Hold High Schools Accountable for Student Success
- Redesign the American High School
- Provide Students with the Excellent Leaders and Teachers They Need to Succeed
- Invest Communities in Student Success
- Provide Equitable Learning Conditions for All Students
- Provide Students with Expanded Learning Opportunities