Congresswoman Angie Craig Helps Pass the Strength in Diversity Act

September 17, 2020
Press Release

This week, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig voted for H.R. 2639, the Strength in Diversity Act. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Marcia Fudge and cosponsored by Rep. Craig to help fulfill the promise of equity in education by offering support to school districts that are developing, implementing, or expanding school diversity initiatives. It also creates a federal grant program to support voluntary, community-driven strategies to increase diversity in schools.

“I was proud to cosponsor the Strength in Diversity Act earlier this year to provide additional resources and support to our school districts as they work on measures to improve diversity and inclusion,” said Rep. Craig. “We know Minnesota has historic disparities when it comes to educating students of color, and it is our responsibility to look critically at the role systemic racism plays in determining outcomes in our education system. This legislation is an important step in making sure every student receives an excellent public education.”

In August, Rep. Craig held an African American Educators Roundtable to discuss the needs of students and educators of color. 

The Strength in Diversity Act is endorsed by: American Federation of Teachers (AFT); Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD); Augustus F. Hawkins Foundation; Center on Law, Inequality, and Metropolitan Equity – Rutgers Law School; Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice – Harvard Law School; Children’s Defense Fund; IntegrateNYC; Education Reform Now; Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (NAACP-LDF); The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Magnet Schools of America; National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC); National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE); 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 (NWLC); New York Appleseed; the Office of Transformation and Innovation at the Dallas Independent School District; Poverty & Race Research Action Council; The School Superintendents Association (AASA); Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC); Unidos US; and the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice Corporation.

You can find a fact sheet on the Strength in Diversity Act here.

You can find a section-by-section summary of the Strength in Diversity Act here.