ERN DC Statement on Federal Bill on Legacy

ERN DC Applauds Major Congressional Action to Overhaul College Admissions Post-SCOTUS Ruling  

Contact: Cesar Toledo, 

WASHINGTON (July 26, 2023) — In response to the Sen. Jeff Merkley and Rep. Jamaal Bowman’s introduction of a federal bill to ban legacy admissions, Education Reform Now D.C., a leading education advocacy organization, released the following statement: 

“We commend Sen. Merkley and Rep. Bowman’s leadership in introducing federal legislation that would halt the unfair practice of preferential treatment to children of wealthy white alumni in the college admissions process,” said Jessica Giles, Executive Director of Education Reform Now D.C. ”Legacy preference is profoundly inequitable and rooted in racism that must end.” 

“As the Supreme Court wages a war against Black and Latino students’ access to the American Dream, while endorsing affirmative action for white people, urgent federal action is needed to upend the college admissions process. Passing the Fair College Admissions for Students Act is a critical step towards addressing the longstanding racist barriers that keep doors of opportunity closed on Black and Latino first-generation college students.”

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About Education Reform Now D.C. 

ERN D.C. is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank and advocacy organization fighting for a just and equitable public education system for all students in Washington, D.C. We seek progress in D.C. Public Schools and public charter schools by developing and advocating for systemic change to eliminate racial inequity and discrimination.

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