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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  & The Leadership Conference Education Fund
The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Signed into law on December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) serves as the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. ESEA was developed in response to the demands of communities during the civil rights movement that more be done by the federal government to address poverty and limited educational opportunity for people of color. ESEA was last reauthorized in 2002 and signed into law by President George W. Bush as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

The Leadership Conference seeks to inform parents and community stakeholders about the requirements of this new law so that they are able to use these tools to demand the education all children deserve.

You can download the Every Student Succeeds Act Guide for Advocates here (PDF):


Do you work with local education advocates, organizations and other leaders who would benefit from the ESSA Guide for Advocates? If you would like copies to distribute at upcoming meetings or events in your community, please contact Paul Cange at Cange@civilrights.org.

Education Policy Glossary of Terms

This glossary defines terms and jargon used frequently in education policy conversations. It is designed to help education advocates and parents better understand what education policy professionals mean when they use these terms.

Fact Sheets

ESSA Regulatory Process

The Department of Education has responsibility to issue regulations, or rules, that clarify the law and direct states how to comply with the law. That process began shortly after the law was signed in December 2016. The first rule was released on May 26, 2016.

1. Leadership Conference letters on ESSA regulatory process

2. Accountability, Data Reporting, and State Plan Regulation - On May 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education released a draft regulation, called a "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), on the accountability, data reporting, and state plan provisions of ESSA. There will be a 30-day comment period - where individuals, organizations, and groups of organizations can send their thoughts to the department about what they like and don't like about the draft rule - which ended on August 1, 2016.

Reauthorizing ESEA in 2015

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