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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Funding for Education in the Economic Recovery Bill

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

With at least 26 states enacting or proposing major budget cuts to K-12 education spending, the money for education in the economic recovery package that President Obama signed into law today could have a huge impact on struggling states and local school districts.The new law earmarks about $80 billion for education spending, to be spent … Read More

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No Child Left Behind Funding Gets Big Increase in House Stimulus Bill

Monday, February 2, 2009

With passage of the $819 billion economic stimulus package in the House of Representatives on January 28, the nation’s primary and secondary schools could finally receive the level of funding under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) originally envisioned when the law was enacted in 2002. Parents, civil rights advocates, and school district administrators have long … Read More

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New Report Shows School Segregation Is Increasing

Monday, January 26, 2009

A January 2009 report from the Civil Rights Project at UCLA shows that amid the current national climate of anticipation and hope, the U.S. is sliding backward toward segregated and highly unequal schools. Professor Gary Orfield, the author of “Reviving the Goal of an Integrated Society: A 21st Century Challenge,” commented that “it would be a … Read More

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