Law Expands Federal Role In Education To Aid Low-Income Students

1965

President Lyndon Johnson signs the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, providing funds for textbooks, instructional materials and other services in both public and private elementary and secondary schools. The primary purpose of the act is to ensure that children from low-income families have access to sufficient educational materials.

Also included was $100 million for research in the field of education, to be administered by the U.S. Office of Education. Congress has extended the law repeatedly with its 2002 extension known as the No Child Left Behind Act.