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 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

Categories: Education, Press Releases

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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Civil Rights, Consumer, and Education Groups Call on DeVos to Protect Student Loan Borrowers of Color

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

WASHINGTON—Today, 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 rights of all persons in the United States, along with 38 civil rights, consumer, and education groups, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, expressing … Read More

Categories: Education, Press Releases

Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Secretary DeVos Seeks to Silence Survivors of Sexual Violence

Thursday, September 7, 2017

WASHINGTON—In response to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ announcement to reconsider Title IX sexual assault guidance, Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement: “Today, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos launched her latest and mean-spirited attack on students’ civil rights. Make no mistake – Secretary … Read More

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Latest Advocacy Letters

Letter to Secretary DeVos Re: the Office for Civil Rights

Monday, April 24, 2017

Secretary DeVos View the PDF of this letter with footnotes here. Dear Secretary DeVos: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the 27 undersigned organizations, we write to express our deep concerns about the seriousness with which the Department of Education is approaching its central responsibility to protect students from … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Education

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

Latest News

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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