At first, our coalition of national civil rights, business, and disabilities organizations may seem like odd bedfellows. Indeed, during the course of a typical year, these organizations disagree on many matters of public policy.

But right now all of the organizations are focused on what unites, rather than divides us: a deep conviction that our country cannot afford to continue squandering the talents of so many of her children. And an unswerving belief that the federal government must continue to play a role, albeit a limited one, both in supporting schools to improve on that record and in making sure that somebody beyond the children themselves is held to account when schools willfully ignore their responsibilities to some groups of children.

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