Civil rights groups state concerns in implementing new federal education law


January 22, 2016


A coalition 37 of education advocacy and civil rights groups from across the country want more input into how states and the federal government implement the new Every Student Succeeds Act to ensure it better serves high-needs students, such as low-income children and English learners. The coalition, which includes the NAACP, the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the Children’s Defense Fund, issued a joint letter Friday to the U.S. Department of Education. In the letter, the coalition asked for states and the federal government to increase parental outreach, provide more relevant standardized tests for English learners and students with disabilities, ensure a stronger focus on intervention for schools with the lowest test scores, and create a system to disseminate student data that is easy for parents and the community to understand.
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