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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  & The Leadership Conference Education Fund
The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

Educational Equity Action Alert

It’s about the students.

Take Action Now:

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law on December 10, 2015.  Now, as states focus on implementation, we must ensure that the law is implemented to drive toward educational equity that includes all students, parents and communities in decision-making at every level. Watch The Leadership Conference Education Fund’s video and sign the pledge to advocate for educational equity in your local district and state.

Teachers, parents, community members, elected officials, and activists from across the country worked hard to ensure that ESSA’s update to the nation’s most important federal education law, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), included key civil rights principles to protect all students. We must continue to work together on these critical next steps.

ESEA was first enacted 50 years ago to ensure equal educational opportunity for all students and includes many important provisions intended to improve the achievement of historically underserved populations, including students of color, students from low-income families, students with a disability, English Learners, or students who are somehow otherwise disadvantaged. This law was updated when President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

As states move forward with making plans for how they are going to implement ESSA, it’s up us to ensure that educational equity is upheld. Priorities for implementation must include robust parent, family and community engagement; accountability for the achievement of all students; easily accessible and user friendly data; and equitable access to critical educational resources.

We need your help to ensure that these plans drive toward equity and are inclusive of all students, parents, and communities in decision-making at every level.

That’s why we’re asking you to take action now. Watch The Leadership Conference Education Fund’s video about educational equity and sign the pledge to show your support for educational equity in your local district and state.

 

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