Education

The nation cannot afford discriminatory barriers that unfairly limit or deny educational access based on factors like race, national origin, sex, or disability. Inequality in education prevents the nation from fulfilling its potential, and ensuring equal educational opportunity remains one of the civil rights movement's top priorities.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Cover image for ESSA Guide for AdvocatesSigned 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).

Latests Press Statements

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Vote Against Education Accountability Rule

Thursday, March 9, 2017

WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate joined the House of Representatives in using the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal a U.S. Department of Education rule finalized last year that would clarify states’ obligations under the Every Student … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Senate HELP Committee for Advancing DeVos Nomination

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

WASHINGTON—Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the Senate HELP Committee’s party-line vote recommending Betsy DeVos’ nomination to be U.S. Secretary of Education: “The Republican majority on the Senate HELP Committee made a critical mistake today. Betsy DeVos is simply unqualified … Read More

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Statement of 31 Civil and Human Rights and Education Groups on Draft ESSA Accountability Regulations

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 30 organizations listed below released the following statement regarding draft accountability regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) issued by the Department of Education in May: “The regulations the Department proposed in May are a good first step towards ensuring that all … Read More

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New Report Outlines Steps to Strengthening the Economy through Shared Prosperity

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Policies that promote job growth, economic security, and democracy are the foundation for an economy that will benefit all, according to a new independent report by Professor Jacob Hacker and Nathaniel Loewentheil of Yale University. The report was released Tuesday at an event hosted by the Economic Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, … Read More

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Advocates Urge Senate to Prevent Student Loan Interest Rate Increase

Friday, June 1, 2012

A collection of civil rights groups is urging members of the U.S. Senate to support the Stop the Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Act (S. 2343) before the current 3.4 percent interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans doubles on July 1. Student debt in the United States has exceeded $1 trillion, surpassing Americans’ credit … Read More

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