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).

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Kansas Supreme Court: Public School Funding Levels Unconstitutional

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that current public school funding levels in the state are unconstitutional, siding with four school districts and parents of more than 30 children who sued the state for not adequately funding K-12 education. “Today’s ruling reaffirms the promise made in the case of Topeka’s Brown v. Board of … Read More

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Senate Committee Discusses Access to Higher Education for Disadvantaged Students

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee met last Thursday to hear recommendations for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). The hearing, “Strengthening Federal Access Programs to Meet 21st Century Needs: A Look at TRIO and GEAR UP,” led by Chairman Tom Harkin, D. Iowa, focused on programs designed to increase … Read More

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PISA Results Reveal ‘Educational Stagnation’ in United States

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released results this week for the most recent Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which tests 15-year-old students in more than 60 countries in mathematics, reading, and science. Since results were last released in 2009, the United States’ scores, according to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, … Read More

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