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Statement from Deborah Delisle on House Passage of the Build Back Better Act

For Release: Nov. 19, 2021

Contact: Dorie Turner Nolt, 404.861.1127,

“We commend the U.S. House of Representatives on passing a strong Build Back Better Act. It not only includes $300 million for internet connections and digital devices that bridge the homework gap for students and teachers through the Emergency Connectivity Fund; it also provides $500 million for college retention and completion. In addition, the legislation includes dual enrollment programs as a component of $4.9 billion targeted for college-industry partnership grants. These pieces of the legislation are critical to ensuring every student has a chance to thrive. We urge the Senate to keep them in place as it considers the bill. Our students and educators deserve nothing less.”


Deborah S. Delisle is the president and CEO of All4Ed (formerly the Alliance for Excellent Education) and served as assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education from 2012 to 2015.

All4Ed (formerly the Alliance for Excellent Education) is a Washington, DC–based national organization dedicated to advancing policies and practices so all students, especially those from underserved communities and particularly students of color and those from low-income families, graduate from high school prepared to complete postsecondary education and achieve success in a rapidly changing world.