The NAACP has established internal policy objectives for education reform. A number ofthose policy objectives coincide with aspects of ESSA. The purpose of this toolkit is to explain the new laws, methods and grants integrated into the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 as a result of the amendments brought in by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. In the end, we aim to equip NAACP units with the knowledge to help our constituents access the benefits promised under ESSA to improve schools within their jurisdiction. This toolkit also provides information on civil rights approaches to addressing education equity challenges. In doing so, we hope we improve public schools in every neighborhood through a combination of local, state and national activism and community engagement.

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