U.S. Department of Education praises Richard Cole as Civil Rights Consultant for District. In an official letter issued on April 21, 2011, the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education (“OCR”), praises Richard W. Cole’s wide-ranging efforts in assisting a School District in meeting its extensive requirements under a Voluntary Resolution Agreement with OCR, based on allegations of serious civil rights violations. The Regional Director of OCR “commends” Richard Cole, the District’s consultant, “for the exemplary efforts to address concerns raised in the complaint.” The letter states, “[i]n closing, we want to acknowledge that the sum total of the District’s actions in response to this complaint was meaningful, innovative, and far exceeded what was required by the Agreement.“
Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education presents "Certificate of Appreciation" to Richard W. Cole on December 13, 2011, for presentations to OCR's national Racial Harassment Network on 11/17/11 and to OCR staff in Region I, New England on 5/19/11, stating, "your candor and insights gave our staff a rare opportunity to hear directly from a consultant working closely with schools regarding challenges, as well as effective strategies, for addressing school climate issues." OCR also commended Cole "for your dedication in ensuring that all students, regardless of race, have an equal access to an education."
Interview on WGBH-TV's "Greater Boston" with Emily Rooney, about criminal, hate crime and civil rights issues arising from suicide of male Rutgers student, by jumping from GW Bridge, after roommate allegedly broadcast live his male sexual encounter on the internet; September 30, 2010.
"Suicide in South Hadley: Nine teenagers have
been charged with bullying Phoebe Prince,"
Slate, by Emily Bazelon, March 30, 2010.
"Students' opinions voiced online raise school, legal issues," Worcester Telegram and Gazette,
February 10, 2010.
"Attorney speaks to school bullying, sexting and harassment," The Salem News, March 31, 2009.
Tribute to Ruby Rogers, who recently died at 71
Ruby is the "Rogers" of "Rogers Hearings" and Rogers v. Okin, the landmark case that established the right of psychiatric patients to refuse treatment and participate in their own treatment decisions, Boston Globe, by Bryan Marquard, February 20, 2009.
"Reflections on the Patchogue killing"
Newsday: "In the wake of the killing of Marcelo Lucero, communities are confronting hard questions on race relations, anti-immigrant sentiment and violence. In this forum, we've brought together a panel of advocates and experts to help encourage dialogue about defusing the tensions that too often explode in tragedy."
“A Question Of Equity: The Importance of School Integration Is Up for Debate," CommonWealth Magazine, Vol. 13, No.1, by Gabrielle Gurley, Winter 2008.
“State’s Educators Revisit Deseg Issue,” Worcester Telegram & Gazette, by Jacqueline Reis, July 18, 2007.
"Lynn schools’ makeup challenged,” Associated Press,
Lynn Item, July 4, 2007.
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in Mass.,” Boston Globe, p. 10, by Maria Sacchietti, June 29, 2007.
“Court Restricts How Districts Integrate Schools,” Wall Street Journal, p. 1, 10, by Jess Bravin and Daniel Golden, June 29, 2007.