Posted on December 2, 2015 Issues: Education & Title IX

(Washington, D.C.) This week, Congress will vote on the Every Student Succeeds Act, the bill reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which holds states and school districts accountable for using federal education funds to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged youth.

The following is a statement by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center:

“We thank congressional champions for their leadership in protecting our nation’s most vulnerable students. Although this bill is not all we worked for, it will shine a light on barriers to learning, such as excessive school discipline and sexual harassment, and will increase transparency on the performance of certain groups of students—such as girls of color and those with disabilities.

“Vigilance at the local, state and federal level will be crucial in ensuring that the Every Student Succeed Act lives up to its name. A reauthorized ESEA means stepping up the nation’s efforts to make sure that all students, regardless of their zip code, have access to a quality education that prepares them for college and a career in the 21st century.”

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Contact: Maria Patrick (mpatrick@nwlc.org) or 202-588-5180

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