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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Executive Order Helps Historically Black Colleges and Universities Hit by Recession

Friday, March 26, 2010

President Obama has signed an executive order that will provide $850 million in funding over ten years to the nation’s 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBUs).The executive order – which renews the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities – will allow low-income and middle class students at HCBUs obtain more financial … Read More

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Eight Steps to Narrow the Achievement Gap in American Schools

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Michael Wotorson, executive director of the Campaign for High School Equity (CHSE), recently testified before the House Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee to encourage Congress take proactive steps to narrow the achievement gap for students of color in America.“[I]n order to ensure all students unfettered and equitable access to educational opportunities and to … Read More

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Obama Administration Urges Congress to Reauthorize Federal Education Law

Thursday, March 11, 2010

In testimony before the House Committee on Education and Labor, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the main education law that provides federal assistance to the nation’s public schools, is a critical piece of the Obama administration’s agenda.“We have made extraordinary progress in meeting the needs … Read More

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