Rep. Maloney Votes to Pass Historic Proposal to Support Local Communities in Their Efforts to Desegregate Public Schools

Sep 15, 2020
Press Release


Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) voted to pass H.R. 2639, the Strength in Diversity Act, legislation which will establish a grant program to support the efforts of school districts to increase racial and socioeconomic diversity. The goal of the bill is to invest in effective solutions that enforce the spirit and letter of the landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

“More than 66 years after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, we have yet to fulfill the promise of equity in education. America’s public schools are more segregated today than at any time since the 1960’s,” said Rep. Maloney. “Segregated schools lead to segregated opportunity. Schools which predominantly serve students of color are under-resourced and over-disciplined compared to schools serving predominantly white students. I was proud to vote for the Strength in Diversity Act to provide funding and expertise to support school districts that are developing, implementing, and expanding school diversity initiatives.”

The growing number of racially and socioeconomically segregated schools is alarming. The GAO found that schools that are highly racially and socioeconomically segregated had fewer resources and their students disproportionally experience more disciplinary actions than students in racially diverse schools.

The bill is endorsed by American Federation of Teachers, Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), Center on Law, Inequality, and Metropolitan Equity – Rutgers Law School, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice – Harvard Law School, Integrate NYC4me; NAACP LDF, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Magnet Schools of America, 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; New York Appleseed, Poverty & Race Research Action Council, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, The Office of Transformation and Innovation at the Dallas Independent School District, Unidos, and Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation.