Rep. Maloney Votes to Pass Equitable Education Legislation

Sep 16, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) voted to pass H.R. 2574, the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act (EIEA), legislation which will restore the power of students and parents to hold schools and other federally funded programs accountable for discriminatory policies and practices.  
 
“I was proud to vote today to empower students and parents in the face of discriminatory education practices,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “By passing the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act we have taken an important step in fulfilling the promise of equity in education. Every student should know they have the same opportunities as their peers, no matter their race, color, or national origin.”
 
Background
The Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act will:

  • Restore the private right of action for students and parents to bring disparate impact claims under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act;
  • Create Title VI monitors to ensure that every school district and institution of higher education has at least one employee to specifically responsible for investigating any complaints of discrimination based on race, color, or national origin, and;
  • Create an Assistant Secretary in the Department of Education to coordinate and promote Title VI enforcement in education.

The bill was endorsed by 21st Century School Fund, Advancement Project, Legal Defense Fund, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP-LDF), Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).

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