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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

Reversing the Rising Tide of Inequality: Achieving Educational Equity for Each and Every Child

April 2013

"Reversing the Rising Tide of Inequality: Achieving Educational Equity for Each and Every Child" aims to bolster the effort to achieve both quality and fairness in our nation’s public educa­tion system. In the report, we explain the current available state remedies for inequity; examine the Equity and Excellence Commission’s findings regarding the inequities that exist in U.S. educa­tion and its five-part agenda to address them; and conclude with recommendations designed to operationalize that agenda and make equal educational opportunity a reality for each and every child in the United States.

Full report (PDF)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Legal Remedies for Inequity: A Mixed Record

a.  California: A Pioneer
b.  New Jersey: A 30-Year Case
c.  Texas: Rodriguez and Robin Hood
d.  Colorado: Falling Short
e.  Kansas: Keep Courts Out?
f.  An Incomplete Remedy

The Equity and Excellence Commission Report

a.  A Clarion Call

A Call to Action for Each and Every Child

a.  Recommendations for National Policymakers
b.  Recommendations for State Policymakers
c.  Recommendations for NGOs, Philanthropy & Business

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