Education

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).

Latests Press Statements

Civil Rights and Education Groups to DeVos: Don’t Use Regulatory Review Process to Undermine Civil Rights

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

WASHINGTON—Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of approximately 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States, submitted comments with 43 civil rights and education groups to the U.S. Department of Education in response to the notice posted … Read More

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Civil Rights, Consumer, and Education Groups Call on DeVos to Protect Student Loan Borrowers of Color

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

WASHINGTON—Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States, along with 38 civil rights, consumer, and education groups, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, expressing … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Secretary DeVos Seeks to Silence Survivors of Sexual Violence

Thursday, September 7, 2017

WASHINGTON—In response to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ announcement to reconsider Title IX sexual assault guidance, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: “Today, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos launched her latest and mean-spirited attack on students’ civil rights. Make no mistake – Secretary … Read More

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Civil Rights and Education Groups to State Education Chiefs: Submit ESSA Plans That Provide All Children Equitable and High-Quality Education

Thursday, August 3, 2017

WASHINGTON—Earlier this week, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the U.S., along with 22 civil rights and education groups, sent a letter to 34 state education chiefs, urging them to … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Slams Reported Justice Department Move to Weaken Educational Opportunity

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

WASHINGTON— Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement based on a report by The New York Times that the “Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed … Read More

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Latest Advocacy Letters

Civil Rights Groups Express Concerns Regarding Florida’s Submitted State ESSA Plan

Thursday, November 9, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. November 9, 2017 The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave., SW Washington, DC 20202 Dear Secretary DeVos, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the 17 organizations listed below, we urge you to ensure that children receive the … Read More

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Letter Re: Concerns about Impact of Student Loan Servicing and Debt Collection Changes and Undermined Regulations on Black and Latino Borrowers

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here.  Recipient: Secretary Betsy DeVos Dear Secretary DeVos: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, and … Read More

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Civil Rights Community Letter Supporting Title IX Guidance

Thursday, July 13, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here July 13, 2017 The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20202 Dear Secretary DeVos, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote … Read More

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Latest News

New Report Details Critical Disparities in STEM Education

Friday, February 13, 2015

On February 12, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund released “Advancing Equity through More and Better STEM Learning,” a report that examines where and how the nation is losing so many children along the K-16 STEM pipeline and identifies ways to accelerate progress in closing both opportunity … Read More

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At ESEA Hearing, a Focus on Testing and Accountability

Thursday, January 22, 2015

On January 21, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) convened its first full committee hearing on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), a law passed 50 years ago to promote educational opportunity and protect the rights and interests of students disadvantaged by discrimination, poverty, and other conditions … Read More

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Civil Rights Groups, Education Advocates Release Shared ESEA Reauthorization Principles

Friday, January 16, 2015

On January 12, civil rights groups and education advocates released shared civil rights principles for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which stress the important role the federal government must play to ensure that all students have equal access to educational opportunities. As of January 16, 22 organizations have signed the … Read More

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