By Janelle L. Rivers, PhD


The need for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has fostered interest in questions like these:

By Jean Pierce

History of Federal Efforts Related to Equity in Public Schooling

In the 1896 case, Plessy v. Ferguson, the Supreme Court determined that the equal protection clause of the United States Constitution permitted racially separate schools as long as they had equal facilities. Separate but “equal” schools were sanctioned for close to 70 years.

The League and coalition partners sent a letter to members of the House of Representatives urging them to oppose H.R. 910, introduced by Representative Upton (R-MI), which would put America’s health, prosperity, and national security at risk.

The League and coalition partners sent letters to the White House and Senate leaders urging rejection of provisions that erect obstructions in future 2011 spending bills.

Includes the official statements of position for each program area, briefly traces significant past actions and achievements, and indicates links among positions. The LWVUS public policy positions reflect the 2014-2016 program adopted by the 2014 convention of the League of Women Voters of the United States; the "positions in brief" listed there summarize the official statements of position included in this guide. Updated following biennial convention.

LWVUS, 83 pp., PDF Version. 2013, Pub. No. 386

The League and coalition partners sent a letter to Senators urging them to oppose amendments to S. 493 that would dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to address life-threatening pollution.

Audited financial statements for the League of Women Voters Education Fund for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010.

The League sent letters to Senators Warner of Virginia and Chambliss of Georgia on their efforts to develop a consensus approach to solving our nation’s fiscal problems.

The League and coalition partners sent a letter to the leadership of the House Committee on Ethics expressing concern regarding the length of time it has taken to investigate possible ethics violations by Representative Maxine Waters.