US Education Secretary Cardona pushes to address racial disparities in K-12 schools and colleges

The US Department of Education on Thursday announced an “action plan” to reduce racial disparity in K-12 schools, including ways to improve academic performance and increase funding for children of color who are behind. compared to their peers.

The plan effort also includes the nation’s higher education system, according to a USDE Press release.

US Education Secretary Cardona pushes to address racial disparities in K-12 schools and colleges 81 Cardona
Miguel Cardona, US Secretary of Education. March 1, 2021. Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images).

“We need to keep the focus on transforming our education system so that it truly expands opportunities for all students, regardless of race, background, zip code, age, or family income,” said US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. in a written statement.

“Together, we must take bold action to ensure that our nation’s schools are not defined by disparities, but by equity and excellence, especially as we recover from the pandemic and emerge stronger than before,” he continued.

The COVID pandemic has exacerbated many of the problems, and the federal education agency plans to address educational inequities through investments in colleges that help prepare minority students, among other measures. Those institutions would include historically black colleges and universities and tribal-controlled colleges. Efforts would also include increased Pell Grant funding for low-income students.

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