AASA Supports Historic School Desegregation Vote in House

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AASA Supports Historic School Desegregation Vote in House

This week the House will vote on the Strength In Diversity Act, the first federal legislation focused on desegregation in schools to receive a vote in 30 years. As we walk-the-talk on AASA’s commitment to equity, this legislation is a promising first step that will incentivize and resource district leaders to create more equitable school systems.

The Strength in Diversity Act would provide federal funding ($120m/per year) to support voluntary local efforts to increase diversity in schools.

  • Grants could fund a range of proposals, including (but not limited to):
    • Studying segregation, evaluating current policies, and developing evidence-based plans to address socioeconomic and racial isolation.
    • Establishing public school choice zones, revising school boundaries, or expanding equitable access to transportation for students.
    • Creating or expanding innovative school programs that can attract students from outside the local area.
    • Recruiting, hiring, and training new teachers to support specialized school

AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech said this about the bill: “The pandemic has highlighted the impact of the economically and racially segregated school systems that exist across the country today more clearly than ever before. Legislation that will fund districts to come up with locally driven, ambitious, and achievable plans to increase diversity will enable school leaders to create and lead more equitable school districts.”