June 1, 2023
The US Department of Education has released a new report on the state of diversity in America’s schools. Based on currently available Department data and a review of educational and economic research, the report finds that progress toward increased racial and socioeconomic diversity has stalled in many communities, leading to inequitable access and outcomes for students. In response, the Department released a Notice Inviting Applications for the first-ever Fostering Diverse Schools Demonstration Program, which will award $10 million to local and state agencies to voluntarily develop or implement plans to increase diversity in schools.
The Fostering Diverse Schools Demonstration Program will provide students with access to a well-rounded education and improve school conditions for student learning by voluntarily developing or implementing comprehensive plans for increasing school socioeconomic diversity in preschool through grade 12. The Department invites applicants to submit locally tailored plans to encourage socioeconomic diversity in schools, courses, and programs. Applicants may also propose to voluntarily foster diversity more broadly by considering legally permissible strategies for promoting diversity as it relates to factors such as race/ethnicity, culture, and geography.
Deadline: Applications should be transmitted by July 7, 2023.