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 and Human Rights Coalition Calls on Ken Marcus to Clarify He Would Protect All Children’s Rights

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

WASHINGTON—In response to today’s hearing on Ken Marcus’ nomination to the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: “The nation’s children and families deserve an Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights with a demonstrated record of support for all … Read More

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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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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

Administration Tells Public Schools Not to Deny Students Over Immigration Status

Friday, May 9, 2014

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on Thursday issued updated guidance to public elementary and secondary schools to ensure that no child is denied equal access to education, no matter their immigration status. In a dear colleague letter, the departments jointly told schools “you must ensure that you do not discriminate on the basis … Read More

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Departments of Education and Justice: Race-Conscious Methods of Achieving Diversity Still Permissible

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice on Tuesday sent a letter providing guidance to confirm that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, issued last month, leaves untouched previous Court holdings on the permissibility of race-conscious methods of achieving diversity goals at elementary and secondary schools. “The Departments … Read More

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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Voter Initiative Banning Race-Conscious Admissions

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

In a 6-2 decision today in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (companion case Schuette v. Cantrell), the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling and upheld a Michigan voter initiative that bans the practice of race-conscious admissions to the state’s public universities. “Today’s decision reiterated the constitutionality of race-conscious … Read More

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