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

Gun Safety Legislation Must Not Militarize, Overpolice Schools and Communities

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Congress to ‘heed voices of those affected by gun violence’ WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement as negotiations on legislation to curb gun violence unfold in Congress:  “The horrific Parkland murders are the latest in … Read More

Categories: Criminal Justice, Education, Press Releases

DeVos Proposes Delay of Vital Special Education Rule

Monday, February 26, 2018

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the Department of Education’s proposal to delay implementation of a rule that enforces the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). “Once again, Secretary DeVos has chosen to shirk her responsibility to protect the civil … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Opposition to Marcus ED OCR Nomination Grows: Ahead of Senate Action, 61 Civil Rights Groups Sign Letter of Opposition

Thursday, February 22, 2018

WASHINGTON— Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter signed by 61 civil rights groups to the U.S. Senate urging senators to vote against confirming Kenneth Marcus to serve as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The letter builds on one sent in January by 31 … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

The Leadership Conference Education Fund Releases Report on Trump’s Civil and Human Rights Rollbacks

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund today released “Without Justice: Trump’s Across-the-Board Assault on Civil and Human Rights,” a report on the Trump administration’s first year and its attacks on our nation’s hard-fought civil and human rights achievements. The report is the 2018 edition of The Education Fund’s annual Civil Rights Monitor and comes the … Read More

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Urges Senate to Reject OCR Nominee Kenneth Marcus

Thursday, January 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following the Senate HELP Committee’s party-line approval of Kenneth L. Marcus’ nomination to be the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education: “Mr. Marcus’ own record of anti-civil rights positions and his failure … Read More

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Latest Advocacy Letters

Oppose the Confirmation of Kenneth Marcus for Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

Thursday, January 11, 2018

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Senator, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, and the 31 undersigned organizations, we are writing to urge … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Education

Letter re: enforcement of IDEA provisions regarding significant disproportionality

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. Recipient: Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education Dear Secretary DeVos, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the 112 undersigned organizations, we write to offer our strong support for the robust enforcement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provisions regarding significant … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Education

Letter Urging Robust Vetting of Ken Marcus, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

Monday, December 4, 2017

View a PDF of this letter here. Dear Senator, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, we are writing to urge robust vetting of President Trump’s … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Education

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

Categories: Education, News

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

Categories: Education, News

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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