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 Condemns Administration’s New Instructions on Transgender Student Discrimination

Friday, June 16, 2017

WASHINGTON—In response to the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Instructions to the Field Regarding Complaints Involving Transgender Students, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: “In February, in a mean-spirited move, Secretary DeVos and Attorney General Sessions rescinded important guidance clarifying schools’ … Read More

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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

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Education

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

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Education

Keep the Promise of ESEA: Oppose the Every Child Achieves Act, S.1177

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Recipient: U.S. Senate View the PDF of this letter here. Dear Senator: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the 20 undersigned organizations, we write to ask you to oppose final passage of the Every Child Achieves Act, S.1177.  Originally passed on the heels of significant civil rights legislation, including … Read More

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Latest News

Spotlight on Humphrey Honoree: Randi Weingarten

Friday, April 18, 2014

On May 15, the civil and human rights community will honor American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten with its highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award, for her lifelong commitment to improving America’s education system. At the 1.5 million-member AFT, Weingarten represents teachers, higher education faculty and staff, health … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Community Fights for Educational Opportunity

Friday, April 11, 2014

As we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education this year, civil and human rights groups are fighting for educational equity on a number of fronts to make the promise of Brown a reality. The truth of the last 60 years is that, despite significant progress, it is impossible to claim that … Read More

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New Data Finds Huge Racial Disparities in America’s Public Schools

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights on Friday released data providing a comprehensive look at how all 97,000 public schools in the United States are educating the nation’s children. The data, which is from the 2011-12 school year, paint a bleak picture for minority students in our public schools. “For the first time … Read More

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