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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Friday, February 4, 2011

A group of civil rights, education, labor, and consumer organizations, including The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, sent a letter yesterday to the Department of Education in support of a proposed regulation of for-profit colleges that will spare millions of students “entry into a proven dead-end educational track, while also sparing taxpayers otherwise … Read More

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New NAEP Science Scores Reveal Significant Achievement Gaps

Friday, February 4, 2011

New data on fourth-, eighth- and 12th-graders’ proficiency in science from the National Assessment Governing Board (NABG) reveals significant gaps at every level between White and minority students, as well as gaps among urban students and rural and suburban students. The board’s National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) found that only 60 percent of students … Read More

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National Education Report Card Gives Nation Low Marks in Achievement and Equity

Friday, January 21, 2011

The nation’s schools received an average grade of “C” in the latest edition of Education Week’s “Quality Counts,” the most comprehensive assessment of American education. Education Week‘s annual report card, which was released Tuesday, grades the U.S. and each state across six indicators: Chance for Success Index, which examines the importance of education throughout a … Read More

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