Access & Equity in Education

Civil Rights Summit

Bluum hosted a workshop with two of the nation’s top civil rights lawyers to open the discussion on access and equity in Idaho’s education system on Wednesday October 7th. In the effort to share lessons from other states, Bluum was privileged to have the civil rights attorneys Lauren E. Baum and Renita K. Thukral in the Gem State for a series of conversations with lawmakers, policy makers, educators and others concerned about Idaho’s children and their collective future.

Public education is operating in a period of significant change (e.g. changing student demographics, changing student needs and changing models of education delivery). Idaho can, and should, be a leader in how it serves all of its children and families.

Thank you to the over 60 people who joined our conversations!

SPEAKERS

Lauren E. BaumLauren E. Baum

In addition to being a partner at Civil Rights Solutions, Lauren Baum is an attorney in private practice in Washington, DC, representing charter schools in DC and Maryland. In these roles, Lauren advises charter schools on a variety of civil rights issues, including but not limited to issues related to students with disabilities, English Language learners, bullying/harassment, student discipline, single gender schools and other Title IX issues, enrollment, weighted lotteries and other access and equity challenges. Since 2008, Lauren has represented over 30 charter schools in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Lauren also has led multiple trainings and presentations to members of the charter school community across the country on civil rights issues. Lauren received her undergraduate degrees from the University of Texas and her J.D. from Washington College of Law.

Renita K. ThukralRenita K. Thukral

In addition to being a partner at Civil Rights Solutions, Renita Thukral serves as the Sr. National Legal Advisor at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. In these roles, she leads and grows a national network of charter school attorneys known as “The Alliance of Public Charter School Attorneys”; provides technical assistance and training to charter school operators, authorizers, attorneys and advocates seeking to improve school-level civil rights policies and practices; addresses fiscal equity and labor issues confronting charter schools; provides litigation and strategic assistance to state partners considering litigation; and supports charter school advocates and operators seeking to improve their regulatory and authorizing environments. Prior to this work, she served as the Policy Director at the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools and the Director of Policy and Advocacy at New Schools for New Orleans. Renita earned her B.A. from Stanford University and her J.D. from Yale Law School. She taught junior high school math in Los Altos, California, before attending law school, and she served as a public defender for over six years in New York City before joining the charter school community.