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The Battle Over Education and Civil Rights

July 29, 2015

The Battle Over Education and Civil Rights.

Good article on the politics involved in the reauthorization of ESEA… and it included this synopsis of the original intent of the legislation:

The original Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965, was part of a civil-rights-era drive to rectify glaring inequality.

It dealt with disproportionate funding within and among the states. It created grants to help low-income students, built libraries and provided text books to schools in poor areas.

Given the original intention, I can’t see why Civil Rights leaders are not insisting that the federal dollars be used to deal with disproportionate funding instead of dealing with low test scores, the after effects of the disproportionate funding. And given ALL of the negatives, I remain convinced that NOT passing ANYTHING would be preferable to passing a “compromise” that does absolutely nothing to address underfunding and testing.

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