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).

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Civil Rights, Business, and Education Groups ‘Cannot Support’ Senate Education Reform Bill

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Voicing concerns about the absence of accountability standards, a broad coalition of civil rights organizations, business groups, and education officials and advocates is withholding support for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 2011 that is being considered by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). In a joint statement sent to … Read More

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Federal Student Loan Defaults Up, Especially at For-Profit Schools

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

New data from the Department of Education shows that the rate of federal student loan defaults has increased more sharply at for-profit institutions – which have come under fire in recent years for this very issue – than at other institutions of higher learning. Student default rates increased slightly at public institutions (from 6 percent … Read More

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Civil Rights Case Challenging Colorado’s Ability to Fund All of Its Schools Adequately and Equitably Begins

Monday, August 15, 2011

A state District Court in Denver, Colorado is currently hearing arguments in an educational equity case, Lobato v. State of Colorado. The case, which originated in 2005, is the latest to challenge a state to fund all of its schools adequately and equitably so that every single child is getting the highest quality education. The … Read More

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