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

25 Civil Rights and Education Groups to DeVos: Do Not Rubber Stamp ESSA State Plans

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, 25 civil rights and education groups sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos calling for a thorough and robust review of state accountability plans submitted to the department, as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Department of Education plays a critical role in safeguarding educational equity for … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Vote Against Education Accountability Rule

Thursday, March 9, 2017

WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate joined the House of Representatives in using the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to repeal a U.S. Department of Education rule finalized last year that would clarify states’ obligations under the Every Student … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Senate HELP Committee for Advancing DeVos Nomination

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

WASHINGTON—Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to the Senate HELP Committee’s party-line vote recommending Betsy DeVos’ nomination to be U.S. Secretary of Education: “The Republican majority on the Senate HELP Committee made a critical mistake today. Betsy DeVos is simply unqualified … Read More

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Statement of 31 Civil and Human Rights and Education Groups on Draft ESSA Accountability Regulations

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 30 organizations listed below released the following statement regarding draft accountability regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) issued by the Department of Education in May: “The regulations the Department proposed in May are a good first step towards ensuring that all … Read More

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Latest Advocacy Letters

Oppose H.J. Res. 57 – Keep ESSA Implementation Moving Forward

Monday, February 6, 2017

Recipient: U.S. House of Representatives View the PDF of this letter here. Dear Representative, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the 29 undersigned organizations, we urge you to oppose H.J. Res. 57 and to support continued implementation of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In order for the … Read More

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ESSA Comments

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Recipient: U.S. Department of Education View the PDF of these comments here. Re: Docket ID ED-2015-OESE-0130 Dear Ms. Spitz, On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the 36 undersigned organizations, we would like to comment on the request for information regarding implementing programs under Title I of the Every Student … 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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