Help Vulnerable Children, Civil Rights Groups Urge

Help Vulnerable Children, Civil Rights Groups Urge

February 4, 2019

“A coalition of civil rights groups is urging state education chiefs to take a long, hard look at their plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act,” Alyson Klein reports for Education Week. According to the letter from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, “ESSA plans that do not hold schools sufficiently accountable for their responsibility to all children, especially groups of children who have been shortchanged for too long, fail to meet the intent of the law and will undermine ESSA’s purpose to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.” The letter calls for states to involve parents and other stakeholders in the implementation of existing plans, and to consult those communities about any proposed amendments.