Civil Rights Leaders Release Letter on Title I Funding

April 28, 2016

Over 30 civil rights groups – all members of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights – released a letter urging the Dept. of Education to include robust parameters for Title I funding towards underfunded and struggling schools in its ESSA guidelines. Read more...

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How will ESSA Address States with High Opt-Out Rates?

May 31, 2016

Republican lawmakers and civil rights advocates continue to debate how ESSA will treat states with high opt-out rates. According to Education Week, the draft ESSA rules could be seen as an attempt by the Dept. of Education to closely control how states deal with relatively...

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CCSSO Guide for States on Engaging Stakeholders around ESSA

June 8, 2016

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has created a guide for states on engaging stakeholders around the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The guide was created with input from a variety of educational partners, including civil rights organizations, the NEA and AFT, and the...

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LA Holds Stakeholder Engagement Meeting

June 20, 2016

Louisiana holds stakeholder engagement meeting with community and civil rights advocates.

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Politics K-12 Survey on “Super Subgroups”

June 21, 2016

The Politics K-12 Team at Education Week surveyed all 50 states regarding their use of “super subgroups” in their NCLB waivers that “can no longer be used in place of individual subgroups of student for accountability purposes” under ESSA. The super subgroups combined smaller subgroups...

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Congressional Asian Pacific, Black, and Hispanic Caucuses Ask Dept. of Education to help Underfunded and Underserved Communities of Color

June 23, 2016

To ensure funding for poor and underserved schools, the Congressional Asian Pacific, Black, and Hispanic Caucuses sent a letter to Secretary John King demanding that the Dept. Of Education “use its regulatory authority to guide and enforce the use of federal funds by local education...

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Secretary King Urges Policymakers to Engage Stakeholders Around ESSA

June 30, 2016

Education Secretary King urged hundreds of policymakers to engage stakeholders on the implementation of ESSA during this year’s Education Commission of the States’ National Forum on Education Policy. He underscored the importance of engagement efforts between state education departments and stakeholder groups as the accountability...

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Provisions to Ensure Every Student Succeeds

July 13, 2016

Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, authored an article in The Hill highlighting the disproportionate funding between white students and students of color. Since programs for students of color often receive less funding than their white counterparts, legislation is needed...

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KY Commissioner of Education Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

July 15, 2016

Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions last week. He commended the passing of the new law, saying this is both a “civil rights law and an education law.” Like other panelists, he expressed...

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Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights Calls for Public Comments

July 26, 2016

The Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights published an action alert, calling for comments on the Dept. of Education’s ESSA’s draft rules and urging commenters to demand “accountability for the achievement of all students, parent and family engagement, easily accessible and user-friendly data, and...

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