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

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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Civil Rights Groups Urge Senate HELP Committee to Reject Confirmation of Ken Marcus to Head OCR

Thursday, January 11, 2018

WASHINGTON— Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 31 civil rights groups wrote a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) urging members to oppose the confirmation of Kenneth Marcus to serve as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. Civil rights … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Calls on House Committee to Interrogate DeVos’ Civil Rights Record

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in advance of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ oversight hearing before the House Education and the Workforce Committee: “Tomorrow’s oversight hearing into the work of the U.S. Department of Education this year should be an opportunity to … Read More

Categories: Civil Rights Enforcement, Education, Press Releases

Civil Rights, Children’s Advocacy, and Education Groups Support Racial Equity in Special Education

Thursday, December 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 112 civil rights (including disability rights), education, and children’s advocacy organizations sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos expressing their continued support for the robust enforcement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provisions regarding significant disproportionality in the identification, … 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

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Education

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

Reinvesting in Children 60 Years After Brown

Thursday, May 29, 2014

This post originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org on May 22, 2014. On May 17, we celebrated the anniversary of a turning point in American education – a commemoration of the end – or so we hoped – of “separate but equal.” But even 60 years after the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education, … Read More

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Groups Say Common Core Needed to Fulfill Promise of Brown Decision

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

On Monday, The Leadership Conference joined with several other civil rights and education groups in signing onto a full-page ad placed in the New York Times to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the landmark school desegregation decision in Brown v. Board of Education and to demonstrate their strong, united support for the equitable implementation of … Read More

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Department of Education: Charter Schools Must Comply With Civil Rights Laws

Friday, May 16, 2014

Days before the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on Wednesday released guidance to verify explicitly that federal civil rights laws that apply to public schools also apply to public charter schools. “We applaud the Department of Education for releasing this very … Read More

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