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House Passes Rep. Fudge's Strength in Diversity Act

WASHINGTON –Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2639, the Strength in Diversity Act, legislation introduced by Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) to create a federal grant program to support voluntary, community-driven strategies to increase diversity in schools.

“More than 66 years after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, America has yet to fulfill the promise of equity in education” said Rep. Fudge.  “Schools are still segregated along racial and economic lines, hurting all students, but especially students of color and students from low-income communities.  Segregated schools are under-resourced and over-disciplined, and students who attend them face life-long disparities in academic success and earnings potential.  By integrating our schools, we can not only ensure access to opportunity, regardless of race and economic status, but also reduce racial prejudice and strengthen our common bonds. 

“The Strength in Diversity Act will provide resources and support to districts across the country working to increase diversity in our schools.  I am proud to have introduced the first bill addressing school segregation to pass the House in a generation.  Passage of this bill takes us one step closer to realizing the spirit and letter of the Brown decision and eliminating institutional racism in America.”

The Strength in Diversity Act is endorsed by: American Federation of Teachers (AFT); Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD); Augustus F. Hawkins Foundation; Center on Law, Inequality, and Metropolitan Equity – Rutgers Law School; Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice – Harvard Law School; Children’s Defense Fund; IntegrateNYC; Education Reform Now; Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (NAACP-LDF); The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Magnet Schools of America; National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC); National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE); National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP); National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP); National Coalition on School Diversity (NCSD); National Education Association (NEA); National Women’s Law Center (NWLC); New York Appleseed; the Office of Transformation and Innovation at the Dallas Independent School District; Poverty & Race Research Action Council; The School Superintendents Association (AASA); Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC); Unidos US; and the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation.

For the press release for introduction of the Strength in Diversity Act, click here.

For a fact sheet on the Strength in Diversity Act, click here.

For a section-by-section summary of the Strength in Diversity Act, click here.