09.16.20

Congresswoman Lee Statement on the Passage of the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) today released a statement applauding the passage of the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act. 

This legislation restores the right of action for students and parents to bring disparate impact claims under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and ensures that each school has at least one employee to investigate discrimination claims.

“Today, our schools are segregated at the highest levels since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed by Congress 56 years ago. 

“In 2001, the Supreme Court’s Alexander v. Sandoval ruling took away the right of students and families to hold schools accountable for discrimination in court under Title VI. 

“Racial segregation leaves Black and Brown students concentrated in high-poverty schools, leading to an opportunity deficit and achievement gap. These schools receive less funding than predominately white schools and the students receive more disciplinary action. 

“I’m pleased the House passed this important legislation - a crucial step forward in restoring the rights to students and families to speak out against discriminatory policies and ensure a more equitable future for our schools.”

For more information on the bill, click here