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

Marcus Must Correct Anti-Civil Rights Record of DeVos Education Department

Thursday, June 7, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed, on a party line vote, Kenneth Marcus to serve as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. “Today the Senate irresponsibly confirmed an individual to lead the education … Read More

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160+ Civil Rights and Education Groups to DeVos: Clarify Legal Protections for Immigrant Children

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

WASHINGTON—Following her erroneous remarks last week at a House Education and the Workforce Committee oversight hearing, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and more than 160 civil rights and education groups called on Secretary Betsy DeVos to clarify that she understands and will enforce federal laws protecting the rights of immigrant children to … Read More

Civil Rights Groups Oppose Any Delay of IDEA Rule

Monday, May 14, 2018

WASHINGTON— Opposing any delay in the implementation of the Equity in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regulations, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 38 civil rights groups sent a joint letter to the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) at the U.S. Department of Education. Today’s letter to … Read More

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48 Groups Introduce Civil Rights Principles for Higher Education Act Reauthorization

Thursday, April 26, 2018

WASHINGTON—Ahead of Congress’ uncertain movement to reauthorize the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, and 46 other civil rights and education groups put forth civil rights principles to be included in any reauthorization of the landmark law. In the principles, the groups … Read More

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CRDC Data Show Continued Need for Discipline Guidance

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released the 2015-16 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). “The Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) data released today are deeply troubling. The data show that students … Read More

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Latest Advocacy Letters

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Letter re: ESSA Oversight

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

View this letter as a PDF here. The Honorable Lamar Alexander Chair U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions 428 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Patty Murray Ranking Member U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions 428 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Virginia … Read More

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Support Positive Solutions to Keep Children Safe in Schools, Oppose Criminalization of Our Youth

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Representative, 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 rights of all persons in the United States, we urge you to oppose H.R. 4909, the Student, … 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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