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Data Silos Threaten the Purpose of ESEA

Posted by Allie Bohm, Legal Intern | Posted on: July 08, 2015 at 12:24 pm

When the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was signed into law 50 years ago, it acknowledged one of our nation’s most fundamental civil right principles—that all children deserve access to a high-quality education, regardless of their race, income, sex, or other circumstances. To its credit, when Congress reauthorized ESEA as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in 2002, it recommitted to that principle by requiring states to account for the performance of the most disadvantaged students.  

For the first time, districts and states had to report student performance and graduation rates by race/ethnicity, sex, disability status, English proficiency, economic status, and migrant status.  It was one of the most important and positive changes that NCLB brought about.  After all, how can ESEA live up to its promise without data on which groups of students are excelling and which are falling behind?  

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Hyde Must Go the Way of Disco

Posted by Margot Benedict, Legal Intern | Posted on: July 08, 2015 at 11:52 am

When I, someone born in 1990, think of the worst things about the 1970s, I think of disco music, platform shoes, and bellbottom jeans (which somehow made a comeback during my childhood). However, while I question the fashion choices made during that decade (sorry Mom and Dad), the worst thing about the 1970s is the Hyde Amendment, which is still going strong. Fortunately, today, some members of Congress took the much-needed step towards getting rid of the Hyde Amendment.

The Hyde Amendment

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Senate Confirms First Circuit Court Judge of 2015

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: July 08, 2015 at 11:44 am

Yesterday, the Senate confirmed Kara Farnandez Stoll to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Now-Judge Stoll, whose qualifications are unassailable, was confirmed unanimously by a vote of 95-0.

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ESEA: Rally Time for Equity in Sports

Posted by Kandace Watkins, Legal Intern | Posted on: July 08, 2015 at 11:30 am

UPDATE: On Wednesday, July 8th, the Senate passed the High School Data Transparency Act (S.Amdt.2124) by a voice vote as an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act (a bill that would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)). The data act, which would help ensure that girls have equal access to athletic opportunities, is now part of the ESEA reauthorization bill pending before the Senate. Senator Murray’s amendment had four other co-sponsors: Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). 

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Gender Wage Gap Runs Rampant in Sports

Posted by Daphne Assimakopoulos, Intern | Posted on: July 08, 2015 at 10:09 am

On Sunday, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team beat Japan 5-2 in one of the most riveting, dramatic, and intense soccer matches I have ever seen. Carli Lloyd was unstoppable, scoring an unheard of three goals in just the first 16 minutes.

Iconic team leaders Abby Wambach and Christie Rampone both took the field in the second half of the match for what was likely their final World Cup appearance. Rampone has been a staple on the team since the last time they won the World Cup in 1999. Wambach has also made a lasting impact on the squad, both for skill and leadership. She will likely end her playing career with the record for most international goals scored of any U.S. soccer player, man or woman. But even these prolific athletes cannot escape the harsh reality of being a woman in America.

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Waiting for High Court After Its Stay of Texas Anti-Abortion Provisions

Posted by Kelli Garcia, Senior Counsel | Posted on: July 07, 2015 at 03:14 pm

This post is cross-posted from ACSLaw's blog

On Monday, the Supreme Court stayed enforcement of key provisions of HB2—Texas’ sweeping anti-abortion law—pending the Court’s decision whether to hear an appeal in the case. Only 9 abortion clinics would have remained open in the state had the law gone into effect leaving over 1.3 million women of reproductive age [PDF] more than 100 miles from the nearest abortion clinic.

The Fifth Circuits Unsound Reasoning

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"Hyde & Sneak:" Congress Will Vote to Expand Hyde Amendment—Again

Posted by Sharon Levin, Director of Federal Reproductive Health Policy | Posted on: July 07, 2015 at 09:59 am

Unbelievably, once again some Members of Congress are trying to pass an abortion restriction that would expand the Hyde Amendment — which is the provision of law that bars abortion from being included in federal programs — like Medicaid or (in this case) NIH research.

Instead of raising the minimum wage, or creating more jobs, or — I don’t know — making sure that women actually have access to reproductive health care, the House of Representatives is focused on spreading this insidious restriction.

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Why We Still Need to Talk About Civil Rights in Education

Posted by Corinna Svarlien, Intern | Posted on: July 06, 2015 at 10:50 am

Last year I had the privilege of working as a Jumpstart Corps Member in a preschool that served low-income families, where almost all of the students were African American or Latina/o. I miss those kids every day, and what is even more painful is knowing that many of these smart, lovable children are going to attend under-resourced schools, where they are less likely to have access to advanced courses and are more likely to be subject to excessive discipline practices. That kind of unequal access to meaningful educational opportunities isn’t fair, and it’s a huge civil rights issue.

ESEA’s Civil Rights Core

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