schoolshave theeducational resources necessary toprovide equal opportunity to learnand achieve academic standards.
All students arrive at kindergarten prepared to learn,byencouragingstatesto provideaccess tohigh quality pre-K education.
All students have access tofullyprepared and effective teachers.
All parents have meaningful opportunities to engage in their child’seducation.
Organizations Submitting these Comments
Education Law Center
(“ELC”), which includes
,is anon-profit legalservicesand advocacyorganization dedicated to advancingequal educational opportunities forpublic school children across the nation,especiallylow-income students, students of color, andstudents with special needs.
is a non-profit law firm and advocacy organization that challenges thesystemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination by strengthening community voices inpublic policy and achieving tangible legal victories advancing education, housing and transitequity.
Californians for Justice
is a statewide, grassroots organization dedicated to building power incommunities that have been pushed to the margins of the political process.
The Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Inc.
(CFE)isnon-profit organization leadingeffortstoprotect and promote the constitutional right to the opportunity for a sound basic education forall New York public school studentsthrough policy research and development, legislative andpolicy advocacy, and public engagement.Needto Improve ESEA and State Education FundingESEAincludes thepurpose“to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significantopportunity to obtain a high-quality education.” (20 U.S.C. § 6301).Unfortunately,however,millions ofchildrenacrossthe country, particularly low-income and minority children,do not yethave access tothis opportunity because their schoolsand communitiescannot provide theprograms and servicesall childrenneed to achieve.Closing thesehuge opportunity gapsisanessentialpreconditionto closing achievement gapsamong groups of students.Many of the nation’s “lowest-performing” schoolslack the qualified and experienced teachersand other staff that are crucial to educational success. These schoolsarealso oftenhoused inovercrowded andcrumbling buildings that do not have:sufficient light, heat, and airconditioning; working science laboratories and equipment; accessibility for students withlimited mobility; music and art supplies; sufficient books and computers; and other essentials.