Center for Equal Opportunity

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The Center For Equal Opportunity (CEO) is an American conservative think tank, which focuses on three specific areas of concern: affirmative action, immigration and bilingual education.

The Chairman of the Center For Equal Opportunity is Linda Chavez, the President and General Counsel is Roger Clegg, and the Executive Director is Rudy Gersten, Chavez's son.[1]

Under Chavez's leadership, the Center for Equal Opportunity has released dozens of studies documenting the extent to which race is a factor in college admissions at over 60 colleges and universities.

Center for Equal Opportunity
Founded 1995
Founder Linda Chavez
Type National policy think tank
Focus Colorblind Policy Analysis and Immigration Reform
Area served
United States of America
Key people
Linda Chavez, Roger Clegg, Rudy Gersten
Revenue (2015)
Expenses (2015) $532,608[2]
Slogan E pluribus unum

Focus Areas[edit]

Immigration and Assimilation[edit]

Due to the near-record levels of immigration into the United States, the CEO believes it is vital to properly assimilate these people into the culture of the U.S. They believe the understanding of American history, respect for the law, and the acquisition of the English language to be the most important steps towards assimilation.[3]

Affirmative Action[edit]

The CEO supports what it describes as "colorblind public policies," including the elimination or curtailment of existing racial preference and affirmative action programs,[4] the replacement of bilingual and ESL programs with English immersion, and the adoption of policies that both welcome increased immigration while calling for the assimilation of new immigrants to the United States.[5]

CEO also conducts studies and assist projects that aim at curtailing preferential treatment of minorities or non-minorities in college admissions. As well as racial and ethnic preferences in grades k-12.[6]

Voting Policies[edit]

The CEO is proactive in the laws governing redistricting policies. They see redistricting sections to help a candidate win, whether minority or a majority member, as immoral. They have assembled resources to aid those interested in monitoring the process, and has a list of organisations that specialize in these issues.[7][8][9]

They also take an active stance in concern to the voting rights of rehabilitated felons. They believe the right to vote should be reinstated after the fulfillment of the sentence, under the condition they go through a process of review.[10][11][12] Clegg believes that ex-felons' voting rights should not be restored automatically, but rather on a case-by-case basis.[13]

Other Issues[edit]

The Center also focuses on other issues related to race and ethnicity. Some recent issues that have come to light include the continual usage of desegregation policies that are 50 years old and hinder school effectiveness, usage of disparate impact laws that damage neutral policies and practices, and the issue of reparations for those that have been discriminated against.[14]

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