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 Call on DeVos to Reject New York’s ESSA Waiver Request

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

WASHINGTON – 17 civil rights and education organizations came together today to urge U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to reject New York’s requested waivers under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In its consolidated state plan submitted to the U.S. Department of Education on September 18, the New York State Department of Education formally … Read More

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Civil Rights and Education Groups Urge DeVos to Reject Florida’s Submitted ESSA Plan

Thursday, November 9, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with 17 civil rights and education groups, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, expressing significant concerns regarding Florida’s submitted state ESSA plan.  The letter strongly agrees with and reinforces the views set forth in a September letter to Governor … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Demands Thorough Review of Nominee to Lead Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights

Thursday, October 26, 2017

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the nomination of Kenneth L. Marcus to be the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the Department of Education: “The Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights is one of the most important roles in the education … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition to Secretary DeVos: Protect Civil Rights and Support Survivors of Sexual Violence

Friday, September 22, 2017

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement following the announcement by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos that the department is rescinding guidance related to Title IX and schools’ obligations regarding sexual violence and educational opportunity: “The Secretary of Education must follow the law and … Read More

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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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Latest Advocacy Letters

H.R. 2353, The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Download PDF version of letter Recipient: The U.S. House of Representatives 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 civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, and the … Read More

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Support the Bonamici/Polis Amendment to Improve H.R. 2353, The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee View a PDF of this letter with endnotes here May 16, 2017 Support the Bonamici/Polis Amendment to Improve H.R. 2353, The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act Dear Representative, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Women’s Law Center, … Read More

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Letter to Secretary DeVos Re: ESSA State Plan Review

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Recipient: Secretary DeVos View the PDF of this letter here. Dear Secretary DeVos, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the 24 organizations listed below, we urge you to ensure that children receive the support and attention they deserve through the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As … 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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