EXCLUSIVE: Biden Administration Announces Announcement to Close Education Gap and Bring Justice to Black Americans | News

Chairman Joe Biden signed an executive order Tuesday (Oct. 19) seeking to begin the necessary work to address and eliminate racial inequalities in U.S. education and, as a result, provide economic opportunities. The administration has instructed a working group of senior officials across government agencies to study and implement best practices that will improve education and ultimately economic performance for black Americans.

The order has the title The White House initiative to promote educational equality, Excellence and economic opportunity for black Americans, and it is a comprehensive plan that addresses issues ranging from education access for 3- and 4-year-olds to black students at HBCUs as well as those attending other post-secondary, trade, and vocational schools.

The Biden Order specifically mentions “persistent racial and systemic injustices” as a fundamental reason why black students are often driven into the poorest schools with the least progress. Subsequently, this lack of educational opportunities has often left these children, once they have grown up, fewer and less lucrative career opportunities.
In recognition of this, the executive order describes the use of internships, apprenticeships and partnerships with companies in the private sector to expose black students to careers and areas where they are typically underrepresented. There are also plans to highlight education and training that will allow black students to enter the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields.

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While Americans are struggling to regain some sense of normalcy after 18 months of COVID lockdowns, the country’s economy is on the verge of falling $ 16 trillion from lost productivity and business, according to a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The president’s order says the pandemic is a big part of the need to improve the status quo, saying: “In order for our nation to justly recover from the COVID-19 crisis, and to ensure that every black person in America has a reasonable At the heart of the American dream, we must promote equality and expertise in public education and access to economic opportunities. “

In addition, factors outside the classroom, including the elimination of discriminatory enrollment, housing, transportation, and other policies that lead to racial and socioeconomic issues, will also be examined and addressed by the working group.

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What will The White House initiative to promote educational equality, expertise and economic opportunity does exactly that for black Americans?

To promote equality in our country’s schools and to promote the economic opportunity that follows for black students, families in communities by focusing on certain policy goals. First, there must be a general understanding of the pedagogical challenges facing black students, increase black students’ access to early childhood programs and services that promote healthy learning, address this abuse of black students, especially in special education, improve data collection related to blacks. students and ensure that all black students have access to excellent teachers and school leaders through positive engagement with them and their families.

How will the initiative lead to jobs?

The initiative will monitor and support the development of black students through federal coordination and funding around education, the workforce, research, and business development policies and programs. Programs with work-based learning, entrepreneurship, financial education and mentorship will be established to help empower black students to promote economic stability.

Since taking office in January, the Biden-Harris administration has spent the last 10 months working to address the lasting consequences of systemic racism on black communities.

Here are just a few of the areas where the administration claimed successes for the benefit of black people from a fact sheet from the White House called “The Biden-Harris Administration promotes equality and opportunities for black people and communities across the country.”

To provide immediate relief to black people and families through the U.S. Rescue Plan. ARP provides cash assistance directly to low- and middle-income Americans and is expected to reduce the number of black child poverty by more than 50% this year and has already reduced black child poverty by 40.1%, lifting about 420,000 black children out of poverty between June and July.

Utilizing Federal Procurement to Narrow the Racial Wealth Gap for Black Entrepreneurs and Families. President Biden instructed agencies to use federal purchasing power to increase federal contracts with small disadvantaged companies, including black-owned companies, by 50%, equivalent to an additional $ 100 billion over five years.

Extending a lifeline to struggling small businesses. The U.S. rescue plan provided emergency grants, loans and investments to hard-hit small businesses

Helping black Americans stay in their homes. President Biden’s U.S. rescue plan has helped Americans stay in their homes by providing emergency assistance to cover the rent. In addition, ARP helps struggling homeowners obtain their mortgage repayments and utilities through the Homeowners Assistance Fund. And it provided additional funding for families and individuals who are recovering or at risk of becoming homeless.

Assist black landowners in solving title problems. It is estimated that 60% of black-owned land in the South is the property of heirs, who have historically made owners unable to participate in USDA programs, including lending. In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) rolled out the Heirs’ Property Relending Program, which provides funds to help heirs resolve issues of ownership and inheritance of multi-owner farmland.

Police and judicial reform

Prohibition of suffocation. In September, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a ban on the use of chokeholds and carotid arteries, except where lethal force is required

New restrictions on no-knock warrants. Implementing federal law enforcement reforms administratively, as the president had called on Congress to pass nationwide through the George Floyd Justice in Police Act.

Restoring the use of consent decrees to bring an end to systemic police misconduct. The DOJ withdrew guidance from the previous administration that limited the use of consent decrees to reform police departments with a pattern or practice of discrimination and misconduct.

Improving the prosecution’s guidance to prevent unnecessarily harsh sentencing. The DOJ withdrew guidelines issued in the previous administration, which required prosecutors to always prosecute the harshest sentences, and replaced it with guidelines that restored discretion to make decisions on charges, plea agreements and advocacy in sentencing based on an individualized assessment of relevant facts.

Fighting police dishonesty. The President strongly supports the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. He is disappointed that the legislation has not yet reached his desk and he will not wait to promote meaningful police reform through executive action.

Executive Order on the Restriction of the Use of Private Prisons. The president ordered the DOJ not to renew contracts for privately run criminal detention facilities covering the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and the US Marshals Service (USMS). Once completed, this will result in up to 14,000 people in BOP custody and 10,000 people in USMS custody being moved out of private prisons.

Support for community violence programs (CVI).. Black boys and young men aged 15-34 make up 2% of the population, but are 37% of the homicide victims, and murder is the most common cause of death for black men under the age of 45. Until this administration, CVI programs such as Violators and hospital-based programs, which have been shown to reduce violence by up to 60%, have been heavily underfunded.

Support for voting rights. President Biden has called on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act, which together will set national standards that facilitate voting and provide new tools to prevent voting discrimination.

Improving health outcomes for black communities

Reduction of health care costs. Millions of low- and middle-income black families enrolled in health insurance marketplaces saw their premiums lowered or eliminated as a result of ARP. Nationwide, existing consumers saved an average of $ 67 per day. person pr. month on their prizes. These monthly savings were even higher in 20 states and the District of Columbia, where existing consumers saved on average over $ 75 per month. month.

– Millions of uninsured Americans received coverage during the administration’s 2021 Special Enrollment Period (SEP). Of those who recently signed up for HealthCare.gov coverage, which attested race or ethnicity, 15% were black Americans, an increase of over 60% from 2019.

-In April, President Biden issued the first ever presidential proclamation on Black Maternal Health Week, urging all Americans to recognize the importance of dealing with the crisis of black maternal mortality and morbidity. In addition, the President’s budget request for FY 22 includes more than $ 200 million to strengthen maternal mortality assessment committees, implement implicit bias training for health care providers, and create state maternity home programs, among other actions.

Ensuring a fair pandemic response. Nationwide, blacks have died from COVID-19 by 1.4 times the number of white people. ARP provided $ 160 billion for vaccines, tests, personal protective equipment and healthcare professionals needed to counter the spread of COVID-19, an investment that helps reduce racial disparities in prevention and care. Due to ARP and the president’s other investments in equal access to the COVID-19 vaccine, several studies show that the difference in the COVID vaccination rate in black Americans compared to whites and Latinos is closed.

In January, President Biden signed a decree ensuring a fair pandemic response and recovery, setting up a COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force to provide specific recommendations to the President to mitigate the health inequalities caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and to prevent such inequalities in the future.

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