Today in History: Elementary-Secondary Education Act

| April 11, 2018

180409_News_219x365The Elementary-Secondary Education Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on April 11th, 1965 as part of his efforts to address “The War on Poverty.” This legislation funded elementary and secondary education, encouraging equal access to education and measures for accountability exercised more at the local, rather than federal level. ESEA was re-authorized by President George W. Bush as “No Child Left Behind” and then as “Every Student Succeeds” under President Barack Obama.

The following articles about the landmark case are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.



  • Check out these books relating to LBJ via Educat, the catalog of the Gottesman Libraries’ holdings.
  • Try an ERIC  search using (ESEA or “elementary secondary education act”) AND Johnson. ERIC Educational Resources Information Center) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to educational-related literature. In addition, ERIC provides coverage of conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books and monographs. The information is included in two files: RIE (Resources in education) and CIJE (Current index to journals in education). In addition to government ERIC site, ERIC is also available via Ebsco and Proquest.


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