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Statement from Deborah Delisle, President and CEO of the Alliance for Excellent Education, on the Strength in Diversity Act and the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act

For Release: Sept. 16, 2020

Media Contact: Dorie Turner Nolt, (404) 861-1127,

 Washington, D.C. — “I applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for taking historic action on two pieces of legislation that address deep-seated racial segregation in public schools, particularly at a time when students are the most diverse they’ve ever been. These bills are not empty rhetoric—they provide long-overdue support for schools and families. Diversity, equity, and inclusion in schools is not an ideological agenda; it’s an American agenda, and we are appalled by the White House’s threat to veto the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act. We are grateful to House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman Bobby Scott, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, and U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge for their leadership on this critical issue. We urge the Senate to pass both pieces of legislation so that all students—particularly those who are underserved—have opportunities to thrive. The future of our nation depends on all students receiving a high-quality education. They need us to make the best decisions possible for them—for our country.”


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

The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) is a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those underperforming and those historically underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship.