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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The Leadership Conference Calls for Strong Accountability Measures in ESEA Reform

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter this week to Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions outlining its priorities for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with respect to accountability standards in Title I of the law. Title I provides federal funding to schools and school districts … Read More

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Duncan Appoints Five Leadership Conference Executive Committee Members to Education Equity Commission

Friday, February 18, 2011

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Thursday appointed 28 education, advocacy, business, and law professionals – including five members of the Executive Committee of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights – to the Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission. The commission, which was established by legislation sponsored by Reps. Chaka Fattah, … Read More

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House Votes to Block Enforcement of ‘Gainful Employment’ Rules

Friday, February 18, 2011

The House of Representatives today approved legislation that would block the Department of Education from enforcing a rule designed to hold for-profit colleges accountable for preparing its students for employment. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. John Kline, R. Minn., was passed as an amendment to the FY2011 Continuing Resolution, which would fund the federal government … Read More

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