Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is a United States federal law enacted in 1965. The Act is an extensive statute which funds primary and secondary education. As mandated in the Act, the funds are authorized for educators’ professional development, instructional materials, resources to support educational programs, and parental involvement promotion. The Act was originally authorized through 1970, however the government has re-authorized the ESEA every five years since its enactment. As a result of the reauthorization's, the Act has undergone numerous name changes and presidencies. However, the basic premise of the law still stands today; it provides targeted resources to help ensure that disadvantaged students have access to a quality public education.