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Digitized Documents

This page provides access to the full text of laws, court decisions, reports, and other key documents in education policy.

1944 – Servicemen's Readjustment Act (G.I. Bill; P.L. 78-346)

1951 – Brown, et al file a complaint against the Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas

1954 – Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (347 U.S. 483)

1955 – Brown II (349 U.S. 294)

1957 – The Civil Rights Act

1962 – Educational Television Facilities Act (P.L. 87-447)

1963 – Higher Education Facilities Act (P.L. 88-204)

1964 – Title VI of the Civil Rights Act (P.L. 88-352)

1965 – President Lyndon B. Johnson's Remarks in Johnson City, Texas, Upon Signing the Elementary and Secondary Education Bill

1965 – Higher Education Act (P.L. 89-329)

1965 – Older Americans Act (P.L. 89-73)

1966 – Child Nutrition Act (P.L. 89-642)

1967 – Age Discrimination in Employment Act (P.L. 90-202)

1968 – Architectural Barriers Act (P.L. 90-480)

1972 – Title IX of Elementary and Secondary Education Amendments (P.L. 92-318)

1983 – A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform

1990 – Americans with Disabilities Act (P.L. 101-336)

1993 – Education of the Deaf Act Amendments (P.L. 103-73)

1994 – Improving America’s Schools Act (P.L. 103-382)

1997 – Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Amendments (P.L. 105-17)

1998 – Rehabilitation Act Amendments

1998 – Workforce Investment Act (P.L. 105-220)

1998 – Reading Excellence Act (in P.L. 105-277)

1998 - Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Amendments (P.L. 105-332)

1998 – Higher Education Amendments of 1998 (P.L. 105-244)

2001 – No Child Left Behind Act (P.L. 107-110)

2002 – Education Sciences Reform Act (P.L. 107-279)

2004 – Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (P.L. 108-446)

Digitized documents available through the Digital Collections of the New York State Library

1965-2001 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)  Original act and available amendments and reauthorizations.

1940 – Lanham Public War Housing Act (P.L. 76-849)

1950 - Impact Aid Laws (P.L. 81-815)

1950 - Impact Aid Laws (P.L. 81-874)

1958 - National Defense Education Act (NDEA) (P.L. 85-864)

1958 - Education of Mentally Retarded Children Act of 1958 (P.L. 85-926)

1963 - Maternal and Child Health and Mental Retardation Planning Act (P.L. 88-156)

1963 - Mental Retardation Facilities and Community Mental Health Construction Act (P.L. 88-164)

1973 – Rehabilitation Act (P.L. 93-112)

1974 - Education of the Handicapped Amendments of 1974 (in P.L. 93-380) (In title II of ESEA 1974 Amendments.)

1974 - Bilingual Education Act amended (in P.L. 93-380) (Begins on page 17 in Title VIII of ESEA 1974 Amendments.)

1974 – Equal Educational Opportunity Acts (in P.L. 93-380)

1975 – Education for All Handicapped Children Act (P.L. 94-142)

1981 - Education Consolidation and Improvement Act (ECIA; P.L. 97-35)

1981 - Adult Education Act Amendments of 1981 (in P.L. 97-35)

1981 - Follow Through Act (in P.L. 97-35, repealed in 1994)

1981 - Head Start Act (in P.L. 97-35)

1984 - Bilingual Education Act amended (in P.L. 98-511)

1987 - McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (P.L. 100-77)

1988 - Bilingual Education Act amended (in P.L. 100-297)

1994 - Goals 2000: Educate America Act (P.L. 103-382)

1999 - Education Flexibility Partnership Demonstration Act (Goals 2000; P.L. 106-25)