California Education Dialogue

A public policy dialogue produced by Information Renaissance
with support from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation,
IBM Corporation and Intel Corporation



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ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act)

Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 was revised and reauthorized by Congress in January 2002 as part of the law called "No Child Left Behind." In the words of the Act, it is intended to "close the achievement gap between disadvantaged and minority students and their peers" through "stronger accountability for results, increased flexibility and local control, expanded options for parents, and an emphasis on teaching methods that have been proven to work." This legislation has the potential to affect most areas of education.

Related Issues

The ESEA is related to many of the topics in the Master Plan; the links below lead to pages on this site that give more information in selected areas.

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