Education: The Ultimate Civil Right


April 9, 2014

On April 10, 2014, President George W. Bush and Margaret Spellings, President of the George W. Bush Presidential Center and former Secretary of Education, spoke at the Civil Rights Summit hosted by the LBJ Presidential Library. At the summit, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, President Bush and Secretary Spellings both addressed education as a civil right. Follow along as the George W. Bush Institute publishes a series of essays and interviews on education as the ultimate civil right. 

Address by President George W. Bush
Thursday, April 10, 2014

On the Bush Center Blog

From elevating expectations for students to equipping immigrant youths with the skills they need for tomorrow to running a big urban school district, this series of blog entries examines ways in which schools can create opportunities for all of America’s students.

Students can meet expectations—if we challenge them
By Eric Smith, former education commissioner for Florida as well as a past superintendent of schools in Charlotte, North Carolina and Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

The myth of the high achiever: Accountability is for all schools
By Mark Dynarski, president of Pemberton Research in New Jersey

Improving outcomes for English language learners
A Q&A with Sharon Vaughn at H.E. Hartfelder/Southland Regents Chair at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is executive director of the Meadows Center for Preventing Risk.

Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles on running a big urban school district
William McKenzie interviews Mike Miles, Dallas Superintendent and a Broad Superintendents Academy alumnus

America’s schools are where immigrant students enter the larger culture
America’s rapid demographic change is one of the most important elements in the nation’s modern narrative.

In the News

Spellings: Education must remain a civil right
By Margaret Spellings
Austin American-Statesman, 04/09/2014