Title IV funding

Shevitz (shev3@radix.net)
Wed, 26 Nov 1997 19:35:45 -0500

I've been getting calls asking what happened to the Title IV (Civil Rights
Act of 1964) funding in the Education Appropriations Bill. For those
unfamiliar with Title IV, this was the funding source for two decades for
regional equity (desegregation assistance) centers (DACs) and for state
departments of education (SEAs) to do gender, race, and national origin
equity work in schools. Last year the DACs were funded, but SEAs lost all
money for staff and programs, with a devastating impact on state programs
and services from states to local school districts. This year Congress
again allocated $7,334 million for DACs, but no money for states. We
understand that the U.S. Department of Education is going to request $14
million again (for FY'99), so that both states and DACs will receive money.
We will keep you posted on what advocates can do later this year. Thanks
to everyone on the edequity network for efforts to restore the funds this
year for states. It has been disheartening, but we'll continue to (as
Shirley Chisholm says) "fight the good fight."

Linda Shevitz
Maryland State Department of Education

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