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What is the best way to support marginalized students?

In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in an effort to expand educational opportunity for poor and marginalized students. Features of the law included increased funding to districts with high numbers of low-income students, scholarships for low-income college students, and other funding measures that signified our country’s new commitment to equal and quality education for all.

The Every Student Succeeds Act, which reauthorized ESEA in 2015, seeks to increase support for English language learners, students who are homeless, students without access to early childhood education, foster children, children with special needs, students in the juvenile justice system, and other at-risk children.

As states and districts begin planning to implement the new federal education law, we think it’s important to ask teachers:What is the best way to support marginalized students, both inside and outside the classroom?

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