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Education as a civil right in the shadow of LBJ’s legacy

By Jennifer Koppel, DFER Texas State Director

"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose."

We should keep these wise words from President Lyndon B. Johnson in mind as we reflect on his legacy on the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This week’s Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin is all about recognizing the lessons of the past as we move forward into the future.

Time and time again, history has shown that when it comes to civil rights in the United States, real change requires the commitment of legislators who are not afraid to stand up for what’s right - even to members of their own party. Lyndon Johnson demonstrated this in his pursuit of civil rights legislation as a congressman, and then as President.

Yesterday, the summit hosted a discussion titled “Education: The Ultimate Civil Right,” billed as “A conversation on the state of education today, its obstacles and opportunities.” As education becomes more of a polarizing issue nationally, the discussion came at a perfect time to explore the parallels between Johnson and Democrats of today.

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Education as a civil right in the shadow of LBJ’s legacy

By Jennifer Koppel, DFER Texas State Director

"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose."

We should keep these wise words from President Lyndon B. Johnson in mind as we reflect on his legacy on the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This week’s Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin is all about recognizing the lessons of the past as we move forward into the future.

Time and time again, history has shown that when it comes to civil rights in the United States, real change requires the commitment of legislators who are not afraid to stand up for what’s right - even to members of their own party. Lyndon Johnson demonstrated this in his pursuit of civil rights legislation as a congressman, and then as President.

Yesterday, the summit hosted a discussion titled “Education: The Ultimate Civil Right,” billed as “A conversation on the state of education today, its obstacles and opportunities.” As education becomes more of a polarizing issue nationally, the discussion came at a perfect time to explore the parallels between Johnson and Democrats of today.

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Democrats Push for Charter School Program Funding

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In CO, Attack on Great Teachers for All Avoided for 2014 Legislative Session

Contact:
Jennifer Walmer | 720.224.1909 | JWalmer@dfer.org
Devin Boyle | 202.445.0416 | Devin@dfer.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Attack on Great Teachers for All Avoided for 2014 Legislative Session

In a telling move, Rep. Joseph Salazar backed out of a transparent discussion on his bill HB1268 that would have mandated the return of forced placement of teachers. After sharing misinformation and suggesting that DPS was operating against their own self-interest by dismissing good teachers, he moved to postpone the bill indefinitely, effectively killing the legislation for the 2014 session.

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Bill de Blasio Trounces Eric Cantor in the Biggest March Madness Upset Yet

In January, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor threatened to hold hearings if newly elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to stymie public charter schools. As it turns out, Bill de Blasio has arguably done more to help public charters in three months than Cantor has done the entire 13 years he’s been in Congress. Only three Republicans - none of whom was Eric Cantor - joined the 20 Democrats who signed a letter to House Appropriators last week in support of what would be the first Charter School Program funding increase in five years.The upending of conventional wisdom that Democrats are politically constrained from promoting school reform and that Republicans are the ones pushing for big change goes beyond the de Blasio/Cantor match-up.

Read "Bill de Blasio Trounces Eric Cantor in the Biggest March Madness Upset Yet" here.

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