Elementary and Secondary Education Act

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. “Part of Johnson’s War on Poverty, the act has been the one of the most far-reaching pieces federal legislation affecting education ever passed by the United States Congress, and was further emphasized and reinvented by its modern, revised No Child Left Behind Act.” [Source] The implications for language policy are that money was now being filtered to school districts that served poor students, which indicates the willingness of the government to fund disadvantaged students. Students with a non-English first language or a strong dialect were at a disadvantage, so the stage for federal support was set.