The Congressional Black Caucus Applauds the United States Department of Education and the United States Department of Justice for Issuing Guidance on How Educational Institutions Can Lawfully Pursue Voluntary Policies to Achieve Diversity or Avoid Racial Isolation
Washington, DC – More than 50 years since the Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education and over 40 years since the enactment of the Civil Rights Act, severe inequities in education still remain. Many educators, community leaders, institutions, school districts, and states have sought to understand what tools and flexibilities are permissible to legally address these inequalities. Importantly, the guidance clarifies existing law and recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that recognize that the Federal government and our nation have compelling interests in promoting diversity and reducing racial isolation in education. By issuing this new guidance, the Federal government is demonstrating responsible leadership in protecting the civil rights of its citizens and the access to high-quality, inclusive educational environments.
The Congressional Black Caucus is dedicated to promoting educational equity for all students, of which promoting diversity and reducing racial isolation are important components. For this reason, the Congressional Black Caucus joins multiple civil rights organizations in recognizing the strong leadership and commitment to civil rights demonstrated by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice with the release of the guidance on voluntary efforts to promote diversity and reduce racial isolation in education.
To review the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice guidance on voluntary efforts to promote diversity and reduce racial isolation in education please visit:
- DCL: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201111.html
- Guidance PSE: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/guidance-pse-201111.html
- Guidance ESE: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/guidance-ese-201111.html