By Patricia O’Brien Libutti, PhD

On April 9, 1965, the 89th Congress voted on The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, P.L. 89-10).The time from introduction to vote on this bill was only 87 days – a record time for legislation. ESEA was set in the center of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Povertyand was influenced by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. ESEA provided, in a very short time, massive changes in the ways students who differed from the norm by reason of disadvantage would be treated.

Students who move from one part of the United States to another during their K-12 school careers are likely to encounter substantial variations in requirements for graduation. The Common Core Standards Initiative (CCSI, 2010) stated: “We need standards to ensure that all students, no matter where they live, are prepared for success in postsecondary education and the workforce. Common standards will help ensure that students are receiving a high quality education consistently, from school to school and state to state.

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President MacNamara Statement on Massachusetts TV Ad

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President MacNamara Statement on Massachusetts TV Ad

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President MacNamara Statement on Massachusetts TV Ad

The League of Women Voters and its partners Espaço Mulher and Fundación Mujeres por Colombia just concluded the Legislative Fellows Program (LFP) that over the course of two years involved 22 fellows from Colombia and Brazil; 15 fellows and 21 mentors from the United States, 20 hosting families and 24 hosting coordinators in 12 cities.

League President Elisabeth MacNamara sent a letter to Senators urging them to carefully contemplate the underlying equity and policy decisions that are reflected in the budget particularly as it relates to Medicare and Medicaid.

By Jean Pierce

History of Federal Efforts Related to Equity in Public Schooling

In the 1896 case, Plessy v. Ferguson, the Supreme Court determined that the equal protection clause of the United States Constitution permitted racially separate schools as long as they had equal facilities. Separate but “equal” schools were sanctioned for close to 70 years.

By Janelle L. Rivers, PhD

Introduction

The need for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has fostered interest in questions like these:

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