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.
July 16, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
A national opinion poll released yesterday showed that the majority of voters believe the nation's public high schools are in urgent need of improvement that should be addressed when the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation's primary federal education law, is reauthorized.
June 14, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
The Education Law Center filed a motion last week on behalf of more than 300,000 New Jersey public school students asking the New Jersey Supreme Court to uphold and enforce its ruling supporting the school funding formula in the state's School Funding Reform Act (SFRA).
Civil Rights Groups Say Implementation of New English and Math Standards for Students Is Key to Success
June 8, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) recently released the Common Core State Standards, which will determine what American students should learn in English and math each year from kindergarten through 12th grade.
May 3, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
In a hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, representatives from the Higher Achievement program and other education reform organizations highlighted programs that are critical to meeting the dynamic needs of students in public education.
April 26, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Education professionals testifying recently before the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions said that increased teacher training and support are essential elements to the upcoming reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
Leadership Conference Statement on the D.C. Public Schools and the Washington Teachers Union Labor Agreement
April 8, 2010 - Posted by Wade Henderson
"The Leadership Conference applauds the tentative labor agreement reached this week between the D.C. Public Schools and the Washington Teachers Union after two years of negotiation and the mediation of Howard Law School Dean Kurt Schmoke.
As the nation's premier civil and human rights coalition, The Leadership Conference believes that quality education is a civil right for every child. This agreement demonstrates the mutual desire of teachers and school administrators to work together to make that right a reality for the District's children. It also recognizes that quality teaching is the most important factor in providing a quality education and provides the District's teachers, who often work under challenging conditions, with the tools and support they need to succeed.
Once this agreement is ratified, it will be up to everyone – administrators, teachers, parents, community leaders and the elected and appointed leaders of the District – to build an environment where teaching and learning are valued, and where children develop the skills and knowledge they will need to enter college and the 21st century workforce. If well implemented, this agreement and the D.C. Public Schools can serve as examples for the nation on how to work collaboratively to ensure a quality education for all children."
March 26, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
March 24, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Michael Wotorson, executive director of the Campaign for High School Equity (CHSE), recently testified before the House Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee to encourage Congress take proactive steps to narrow the achievement gap for students of color in America.
March 11, 2010 - Posted by Beth Sadler
In testimony before the House Committee on Education and Labor, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the main education law that provides federal assistance to the nation’s public schools, is a critical piece of the Obama administration's agenda.
Civil Rights Groups Applaud Department of Education's Renewed Commitment to Civil Rights Enforcement
March 8, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
The Department of Education this week announced plans to step up its enforcement of federal civil rights laws that require states and school districts to provide equal educational opportunity to all American children, regardless of race, gender, or disability. Listen to Leadership Conference President and CEO Wade Henderson in a discussion of the Education Department's new civil rights enforcement policy.
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