WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria voted in favor of the Strength in Diversity Act (H.R. 2639), which would authorize federal funds for grants to support voluntary local efforts to increase racial and socioeconomic diversity. Such efforts may include studying segregation, establishing public school choice zones, and recruiting new teachers to support specialized schools.
“I am proud to support the Strength in Diversity Act because this bill will provide public school districts the tools to develop voluntary, community-driven strategies for promoting diversity,” said Congresswoman Luria. “Working to promote inclusion and representation will be most effective and impactful when guided by community-driven efforts, and I am glad these efforts can begin with our public schools.”
Congresswoman Luria believes that education is the foundation for success in our democracy and has been an advocate for ensuring that all students have equal access to a quality education, regardless of their zip code. The Strength in Diversity Act would direct the Department of Education to provide planning and implementation grants to support voluntary local efforts to promote diversity in schools. These proposals can include developing evidence-based plans to address racial and socioeconomic isolation as well as recruiting and training new teachers to support these initiatives and specialized schools. This legislation has been endorsed by a broad coalition of civil rights and education advocacy organizations.