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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), a graduate of Head Start, released the following statement commemorating the 51stanniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was enacted on April 9, 1965:

“51 years ago the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the most comprehensive federal education bill ever passed, was enacted on the principle that every child has the right to an equal opportunity for a quality education. This civil rights law reaffirmed Brown vs. Board of Education as well as the 1947 Mendez vs. Westminster decision.

“As a product of Head Start, I am living proof that education is the foundation of opportunity and the start to a better life. Our nation must continue working to improve education and learning outcomes for every student in America, especially our most underserved children. America’s future success depends on it.”

Congresswoman Sanchez has become a leading advocate for early education in Congress. In December 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan overhaul of ESEA, to improve K-12 education and replace the outdated No Child Left Behind ActESSA will help states to improve low performing schools, increase teacher quality, promote high-quality school choices for parents, and provide funds for at-risk students while maintaining and strengthening critical programs.

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