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Sherrilyn Ifill Urges Congress to Keep Brown's Promise and Ensure Equal Educational Opportunity in ESEA

Monday, May 11, 2015

As we approach the 61st Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which invalidated racial apartheid in our nation's public schools, Sherrilyn Ifill urges Congress to preserve the federal role of holding states accountable for promoting equal access to educational opportunity in Education Week op-ed.

The ESEA: A Pivotal Civil Rights Milestone

"I urge the full Senate, as it considers the Every Child Achieves Act and amendments to the bill, to retain the critical federal role and the authority of the U.S. secretary of education to hold states accountable for providing high-quality education on an equitable basis. This role must not be diminished, diluted, or compromised in any ESEA reauthorization. We have to remain vigilant to make sure that Congress passes a bill that does not renege on the law's original promise of equal access to educational opportunity.

Fifty years from now, we want to look back and be able to say that we did the right thing for children."

Read the full article here.