Marcia Fudge Wants to Increase Diversity in Schools
According to the Government Accountability Office, socioeconomic and racial segregation in schools have increased dramatically in the past decade. Schools that are highly socioeconomically and racially segregated generally have fewer resources. In response, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH) on Thursday introduced a bill that would authorize $120 million in grants to increase diversity in schools. The Strength in Diversity Act would provide grants to boost local efforts to study diversity and review school district boundaries, among other things. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) has introduced companion legislation in the Senate. The members say the legislation would help provide equitable access and resources for schools, and work to address other inequities within the education system. “Access to a quality education has become the civil rights issue of our time,” said Fudge. “We currently have a Department of Education – under the leadership of Secretary DeVos – that is actively undermining students’ civil rights protections. Increasing diversity in staff, resources, and student populations in our public schools should be a top priority.” More here.