In a sweeping effort to improve opportunities and outcomes for students in high-poverty schools and disadvantaged communities, the Biden administration Wednesday launched a new initiative to promote equity in classrooms across the nation.
Those efforts include a web series to “reimagine” how states can promote academic opportunities in underserved communities going forward, and guidance on how schools can operate more equitably as the nation pulls itself out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The initiative also include ensuring that states do not cut funding to low-income schools and communities.
“This is our moment as educators and as leaders to transform our education systems so they are truly serving all of our nation’s students,” U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said in a Wednesday press release about the initiative.
“While COVID-19 has worsened many inequities in our schools and communities, we know that even before the pandemic, a high-quality education was out of reach for too many of our nation’s students and families.”
For decades, educators have struggled with gaps in achievement between white students and students of color; schoolchildren have been tracked into lower-level courses and discipline of students have been tinged by race, among other civil rights concerns.
In March 2021, President Joe Biden signed