Quality Teachers in Every School are Central to Equal Educational Opportunity
By Sarah Ford on January 27, 2015
LDF commends the U.S. Senate HELP Committee for advancing reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Passed on the heels of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, ESEA is the largest federal education funding bill. Since its expiration in 2007, Congress has yet to agree on a bill to reauthorize ESEA. LDF encourages a truly bipartisan and thoughtful reauthorization process. As the organization that litigated Brown v. Board of Education, LDF continues to advocate for equal educational opportunity for all of America's public school students.
Today's hearing, which can be accessed here is focused on teachers and school leadership. The federal government plays an influential role in providing federal support to states that will strategically advance the development, recruitment, and retention of qualified teaching professionals for all students. Recent data show that students of color are disproportionately taught by inexperienced teachers; nearly 7 percent of the nation's African American students (over half a million students) attend schools where more than 20 percent of the teachers have not met state licensure or certification requirements.
To improve educational outcomes and opportunity for all students, LDF urges the Committee to consider: