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Press Release - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

House Education Bill: Civil Rights, Disability, Education, and Business Groups Call Miller Amendments “A Significant Step in the Right Direction to Updating ESEA”

For Immediate Release
Contact: Shin Inouye, 202.869.0398, inouye@civilrights.org
February 28, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, a coalition of 31 groups from the civil rights, disability, business, and education communities released the following statement regarding Ranking Member George Miller’s amendment to Chairman John Kline’s Student Success Act, which would amend and reauthorize Title I and other parts of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA):

“Together, we represent parents, educators, employers, and millions of students from low-income homes, students of color, students with disabilities, English language learners, and children of migrant workers.

While not a complete approach to reauthorization, Ranking Member Miller’s amendment is a significant step in the right direction to updating ESEA. The Miller amendment ensures high expectations for the academic success of all students; requires improvement in both overall performance and closing achievement gaps between groups of students; sets meaningful graduation rate targets; and insists that struggling schools get the supports and interventions they need to gain ground. In short, the amendment envisions an innovative ESEA accountability system that allows states and districts to implement interventions that benefit students, but does not absolve states and districts of their responsibilities to fully serve all children.

We thank Ranking Member Miller for this amendment’s focus on ensuring all students are afforded a quality education. We look forward to working with the Committee as this ESEA reauthorization process continues.”

50 CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now

The Advocacy Institute

The American Association of University Women

Autism National Committee

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Business Coalition for Student Achievement

The Center for American Progress Action Fund

The Center for Law and Education

Children’s Defense Fund

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc.

Democrats for Education Reform

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

The Education Trust

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

League of United Latin American Citizens

National Center for Learning Disabilities


National Council on Independent Living

National Council of La Raza

National Disability Rights Network

National Down Syndrome Congress

National Down Syndrome Society

National Urban League

National Women’s Law Center

The New Teacher Project

Poverty & Race Research Action Council

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center

Stand for Children

Students for Education Reform

TESOL International Association

Thurgood Marshall College Fund

U.S. Chamber of Commerce


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