DeVos Doesn’t Believe that Promoting Racial Diversity in Schools Is a Worthwhile Cause

The Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded federal guidance, including guidelines created in 2011 to promote racial diversity in higher education and end the growing racial isolation in K-12 classrooms. The move reflects the administration’s latest attempt to retreat on the important progress made since Brown v. Board of Education prohibited school segregation 64 years ago and despite Supreme Court rulings protecting affirmative action.

The move is particularly disturbing because the guidelines, put in place by the Obama administration, did not break new ground. Instead, they provided a thoughtful and clear explanation of two Supreme Court cases governing the use of race in K-12 education and higher education. Those two cases, Parents Involved v. Seattle Schools and Grutter v. Bollinger, recognized the importance of promoting diversity in learning environments and established parameters for doing so. While their ruling still stands today, DeVos’ announcement signals a dangerous hostility from the Trump administration towards the idea that promoting racial diversity is in the best interest of America.

The guidance documents were not controversial, as they acknowledged a problem that both education experts and the courts have long recognized: Too many of our nation’s classrooms are racially and economically isolated, and that this isolation is only increasing among students. The guidance also outlined the Supreme Court’s explicit recognition that promoting diversity and avoiding racial isolation in schools are not only compelling governmental interests but also among the nation’s highest priorities. The guidance demonstrated the various ways that efforts to create diverse student bodies in schools and universities can be done effectively, fairly, and in compliance with the existing law in order to improve the quality of education for all students.

Given that the guidance served to accurately describe the current state of the law, the decision to rescind them can only be seen as a repudiation of the idea that diversity is a desirable and achievable goal in education. This is dangerous, considering research shows that school segregation is getting worse. And the impacts of desegregating schools are well-documented, including improved academic performance, reduced involvement in the criminal justice system, and better rates of employment. Revoking the guidelines is a decision that risks the reintroduction of division and segregation in our schools and seeks to pull us back to a time when schools were segregated and opportunity was allocated along racial, ethnic, and economic lines.

Fortunately, no action by the Trump administration can alter the fact that the law is defined by the Supreme Court decisions that the 2011 guidance accurately described. Under those cases, schools, colleges, and universities can take the steps necessary to provide the high quality, diverse education that all of the nation’s students deserve. By continuing to take those steps, the educational institutions will be taking up the mantle so shamefully dropped by the administration today.

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Herne Webber

Anyone not recommending diversity because of their own personal bad experience presumes everyone will have their bad experience. That's beyond a logical fallacy; it's just stupid. The majority of us who had a diverse experience had extremely positive experiences. The average experience is what matters, while bad experiences may have been due to simple interpersonal issues.

Dr. William Moorer

Of course! DeVos has had her head in the sand about public education all of her life. She is a wrecking crew put in a china shop. That's precisely why Trump put her in as Ed Secy -- to DESTROY public school education! Holds true for virtually all the other Cabinet Secretaries.

Anonymous

Devos is a dinosaur that belongs to a different era, why is anyone surprised by the nonsense that she says. Especially since she’s part of the Trump administration , where all the dinosaurs hang out and spread their stupidity.

Netfa Omowale

When will Black people decide how we are to be educated with and from our tax dollars. So-called liberal ACLU and that ilk vs, Devos,&trump but not US. Naim Akbar once said that the true purpose of education should produce independent thoughts and creativity not just a fkn GPA to get a good job working for white folk

Anonymous

As Al Gore said back in '90's, our motto is 'Out of one, many'.

Anonymous

Just another stupid thing the the Trump admin has done

Good one doc

Furgosinite
Furgosin Mississippi where the blue. Pukes protested that criminal getting his life cured by the boys in blue lol

Rhodes scholar

Desegregation of school systems may have had a marginal positive effect for black Americans but this has been negated by a ingrained cultural inability to seize opportunities instead of playing the victim /race card.
Desegregation and multicultural policies have done literally nothing of value for white American culture.
We gave your side a chance but over 40 years of failure by you and worse your white liberal yes men is over. We didn't vote Trump in despite his more extreme views but because of them.
The key word in make America great again is AGAIN!!
School shootings teen pregnancy drug abuse welfare state all the fault of liberals and their pandering to inferior and fringe cultures. Real Americans are fed up with it so get used to losing

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