Loveridge, Jack

Jack Loveridge is a Policy Analyst for Justice Matters, a national racial justice organization whose mission is rooted in the values & vision of communities of color.

What happened to civil rights in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act signed by President Johnson on April 11, 1965?

By Jack Loveridge
Justice Matters

With the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) getting underway on Capitol Hill, a meaningful anniversary will pass unobserved in Washington. Forty-five years ago this Sunday, President Lyndon Johnson signed the act, rebranded by the Bush Administration as No Child Left Behind, into law. With the stroke of a pen, the federal government’s role in public education was revolutionized, placing emphasis on ensuring educational opportunity in low-income communities.