Elementary and Secondary

Education Act of 1965

One legislation at a TIME!!

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was passed as a part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on poverty" and has been the most far-reaching federal legislation affecting education ever passed by Congress.

When it was actually proposed.

The act was originally authorized through 1970; however, the government has reauthorized the act every five years since its enactment. The current reauthorization of ESEA is the No child left behind Act of 2001, named and proposed by President GeorgeW. Bush. The ESEA also allows military recruiters access to 11th and 12th grade students' names, addresses, and telephone listings when requested.

Elementary aND Secondary Act


Sections of the Original 1965 Act

  • Title I—Financial Assistance To Local Educational Agencies For The Education Of Children Of Low-Income Families
  • Title II—School Library Resources, Textbooks, and other Instructional Materials
  • Title III—Supplementary Educational Centers and Services
  • Title IV—Educational Research And Training
  • Title V—Grants To Strengthen State Departments Of Education
  • Title VI—General Provisions

New Titles Created by Early Amendments to 1965 Law

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1966 amendments (Public Law 89-750)
  • Title VI - Aid to Handicapped Children (1965 title VI becomes Title VII)
1967 amendments (Public Law 90-247)
  • Title VII - Bilingual Education Programs (1966 title VII becomes Title VIII)