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Dear friends,

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has proposed a school reform policy that would provide federal funding for private school voucher systems nationwide. Although proponents of the voucher system claim that it empowers parental choice, they often leave out a troubling history in which vouchers were used to perpetuate a system of racial segregation and discrimination in the South.

A new issue brief released by the Center for American Progress elaborates on the relationship between racial and economic segregation and the rise of America’s voucher system. In the years following Brown v. Board of Education, white communities used public funds—in the form of vouchers—to relocate their children to private schools. Consequently, students of color found themselves left behind in public schools that lacked proper resources and resulted in barriers to black communities’ economic and social well-being. “Policymakers must consider the origins of vouchers and their impact on segregation and support for public education,” the brief states. “No matter how well intentioned, widespread voucher programs risk exacerbating segregation in schools and leaving the most vulnerable students and the public schools they attend behind.” You may also be interested in this column illustrating six ways Secretary DeVos is enabling discrimination and undermining civil rights.

As people of faith and conscience, we have the duty to invest in educational equity and protect all our children’s futures. We hope this resource empowers your efforts to ensure that all Americans, regardless of race, gender, class, or ability, are able to secure a quality education.

Blessings,

The Faith Team

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