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From the ECS State Policy Database
Minority/Diversity Issues


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This database is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Most entries are legislative, although rules/regulations and executive orders that make substantive changes are included. Every effort is made to collect the latest available version of policies; in some instances, recent changes might not be reflected. For expediency purposes minimal attention has been paid to style (capitalization, punctuation) and format.

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State Status/Date Level Summary
COSigned into law 06/2014P-12Study Strategies to Increase Minority K-12 Teachers
H.B. 1175
Directs the department of education to study and develop strategies to increase and improve the recruitment, preparation, development, and retention of high-quality minority teachers in elementary and secondary schools in Colorado. Directs the department to pr...

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WASigned into law 06/2013P-12
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Budget - Washington Achievers Scholars
S.B. 5034
From bill analysis: The Washington Achievers Scholars Program is expanded to increase the number of school districts in which the program is provided.

Bill text: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2013-14/Pdf/Bills/Session%20Laws/Senate/5034-S.SL.pdf
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NMPassed 02/2013P-12Feasibility Study of a Bi-State Charter School for a Navajo Nation Chapter
H.M. 43
Requests that the Indian Education Division of the Public Education Department and the Indian Affairs Department to study the feasibility of a bistate charter school in the Red Lake Chapter of the Navajo Nation.
Requires that the findings and recommendations m...

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VASigned into law 04/2012P-12Publishing Disciplinary Offense and Outcome Data
H.B. 367
Requires the Board of Education to annually publish disciplinary offense and outcome data by race, ethnicity, gender, and disability for each public school in the Commonwealth on its website.
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?121+ful+HB367ER+pdf ...

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NMAdopted 02/2012P-12Study Strategic Education Plan to Close Achievement Gaps
H.M. 67
Requests the creation of a working group to develop a comprehensive strategic education plan to eliminate the achievement gap and increase the graduation rates of
Hispanic, Native American and African American students.
http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/12%20Reg...

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CASigned into law 07/2011P-12Prohibition of Discriminatory Content
S.B. 48
From bill summary: Updates references to certain categories of persons and requires instruction in social sciences to include a study of the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, persons with disabilities, and members of ...

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CTSigned into law 07/2011P-12Data Collection Requirements/Charter Schools
S.B. 1039
State Education Resource Center - Clarifies the status of the State Education Resource Center as a nonstock corporation and nonprofit tax exempt organization within the Department of Education.

Health Assessment - Allows certain medical professionals from mi...

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TXBecame law without governor's signature 05/2011P-12Interagency Council for Addressing Disproportionality
S.B. 501
Establishes the Interagency Council for Addressing Disproportionality to: (1) Examine the level of disproportionate involvement of children who are racial/ethnic minorities at each stage in the juvenile justice, child welfare and mental health systems; (2) Exa...

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UTSigned into law 03/2010P-12Programs Funded At or Below $10,000 in a District
H.B. 149 - Section 3
Adds Section 53A-17a-105.5. Defines "qualifying program" as (1) the at-risk flow through program; (2) the homeless and disadvantaged minority students program [both created in 53A-17a-121]; (3) the gifted and talented program; (4) the advanced placement progra...

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CAVetoed 10/2009P-12State School Racial Equality Designation Act
A.B. 1281
Enacts the State School Racial Equality Designation Act. Expresses legislative findings and declarations relating to the collection of data on the race or ethnicity of persons who identify themselves as members of more than one race. Requires any agency, board...

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NYVetoed 08/2009P-12
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Minority Mental Health Act
A.B. 5055
Enacts the Minority Mental Health Act. Establishes the Division of Minority Mental Health within the Office of Mental Health. Provides the division is responsible for assuring that mental health programs and services are culturally and linguistically appropria...

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INSigned into law 05/2009P-12Board for the Coordination of Programs Serving Vulnerable Individuals
H.B. 1289 - Section 1
Creates the board for the coordination of programs serving vulnerable individuals to coordinate the delivery of services to vulnerable individuals in need of services; requires the Superintendent of the Department of Education or designee to serve on the board...

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ARSigned into law 04/2009Postsec.
Community College
Repeals Faculty/Administrator Development Fellows Program
S.B. 857
Repeals the faculty/administrator development fellows program that assists state institutions of higher education in increasing the academic qualifications of minority faculty, administrative, and other employees and alumni.
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assem...

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ORAdopted 06/2008P-12Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Color
OAR 581-021-0045, -0046, -024-0205, -0245, -045-001, -049-0020
Prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and color in schools, programs, services and activities. OREGON 29387...

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MNSigned into law 05/2008P-12Teachers of Diverse Backgrounds Financial Aid Pilot Program
H.B. 1812
Provides for the establishment of a teachers of diverse backgrounds financial aid pilot program, to be implemented by Winona State University in partnership with the Rochester school
district and St. Cloud State University in partnership with the Robbinsdale ...

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MNSigned into law 05/2007P-12Multiracial Diversity
H.F. 2245 [Multiracial Diversity]
Authorizes a school district to apply to the commissioner for a waiver from the requirement to maintain racial balance within a district school if the racial imbalance in that school results from: (1) The enrollment of protected multiracial students and the pr...

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VASigned into law 02/2007P-12Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program changes
H.B. 1913
Amends the Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program to increase the number of teacher candidates pursuing careers in critical teacher shortage areas as defined by the Board of Education; expands eligibility to teacher candidates, including graduate students ...

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MEIssued 01/2007P-12
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Community College
Sub-Cabinet for Multicultural Affairs and the Multicultural Affairs Advisory Council
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 25 FY 06/07
Creates the Multicultural Affairs Sub-Cabinet to promote interdepartmental collaboration on multicultural policy development and program implementation. Provides that the commissioner of the state department of education, the president of the Maine Community C...

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UTAdopted 05/2006P-12Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program
R277-717
Changes made to definitions, proposal criteria, budget, state board funding priorities, proposal applications and timelines. http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r277/r277-717.htm#T8...

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ILAdopted 02/2006Postsec.Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Act
23 IAC 1080.100, 110, 200, 210, 220, 230, 300, 310, 320, 330
Establishes the Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Program (DFI), which combines two former programs, the Illinois Consortium for Educational Opportunity Program (ICEOP) and the Illinois Minority Graduate Incentive Program (IMGIP). The purpose o...

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FLIssued 01/2006P-12
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Access and Diversity Commission
Executive Order 06-05
Governor Bush signed Executive Order 06-05 creating the Access and Diversity Commission. The 17-member commission, set to complete their duties on June 30, 2006, will work with the Florida Board of Governors to evaluate the issues surrounding minority enrollme...

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CAVetoed 10/2005P-12
S.B. 684
Social sciences curriculum. This bill would encourage a school district to provide instruction in social sciences that accurately reflects the role of affected populations of the continent of Asia, the subcontinent of South Asia, and the Pacific Islands in th...

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COVetoed 06/2005P-12School Accountability Reports and State Accreditation
S.B. 214 (Section 4-6)
Section 4: Repeals and reenacts 22-7-605 pertaining to the content and format of state-mandated school accountability reports.

Section 5: Adds new subsection requiring the department to print selected school accountability reports in Spanish. Requires the de...

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TXSigned into law 05/2005Postsec.Minority Enrollment
S.B. 302
From bill analysis: Enables the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to better monitor universities' minority outreach efforts by requiring universities and colleges to provide information on their efforts/strategies to increase minority enrollment. http...

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CAVetoed 09/2004P-12Racial Mascots Act
A.B. 858
Establishes the Racial Mascots Act. Prohibits public schools from using the term Redskins as a school or athletic team name, mascot, or nickname. Provides that the act does not apply to a school or campus if certain conditions regarding prior expenditures on u...

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ILSigned into law 08/2004P-12
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Community College
African-American Family Commission Act
S.B. 3208
Creates the African-American Family Commission Act. Establishes a 15-member African-American Family Commission to serve as a coordinating and advocating body that acts on behalf of the interests of African-Americans to improve and expand existing human service...

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ILSigned into law 08/2004Postsec.
Community College
Diversifying Higher Faculty Program Act
S.B. 3107
Amends the Illinois Consortium for Educational Opportunity Act. Changes the short title to the Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Program. Provides that institutions that grant doctoral degrees must have representatives on the Board. Makes chang...

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HIBecame law without GOVERNOR'S signature. 07/2004P-12
Community College
Freely Associated States Students Education
S.B. 214
Authorizes Leeward Community College to develop a program to provide services for Freely Associated States students as well as the Microesian, Marshallese and Palauan community at large, to ensure their success in school through cultural education and integrat...

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HISigned into law 06/2004P-12Hawaiian Language Program
H.B. 2667
Establishes a Hawaiian language medium education program. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/sessioncurrent/bills/hb2667_cd1_.htm...

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LASigned into law 05/2004Postsec.Advertising for Master Plan Goals
S.B. 629
Adds promotion of Master Plan goals to the Board of Regents authority to advertise and specifies postsecondary learning centers to advertise; relates to increasing the number of other race students enrolled in a public institution of higher learning....

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OKSigned into law 05/2004Postsec.Advancement of Students in HIgher Education Task Force
H.B. 2145
Creates the Advancement of Hispanic Students in Higher Education Task Force; provides for termination of task force; states purpose; provides for membership; requires annual report; provides for staffing; provides for reimbursement of travel expenses; provides...

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ALSigned into law 04/2004Postsec.Minorities in Science and Engineering
H.J.R. 339
Urges the Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security to designate a university-based center for homeland security that responds to national technical manpower shortages of minorities in science and engineering. http://alisdb.legislature.sta...

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INSigned into law 03/2004P-12
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Cultural Competency In Education
H.B. 1308
Defines "cultural competency" and sets forth teacher training, professional development, and school plan requirements for achieving cultural competency. http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2004/HE/HE1308.1.html...

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CASigned into law 10/2003P-12Teacher Training: Cultural Competency
A.B. 54
Requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, in consultation with the department of education, to contract with an independent evaluator to conduct a study of the availability and effectiveness of cultural competency training for teachers and administrato...

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CASigned into law 09/2003P-12Brown v. Board of Education Advisory Commission
A.B. 648
Establishes the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Advisory Commission. Requires the commission to develop community and educational awareness programs to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of ...

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NYSigned into law 09/2003Postsec.College Policies on Bias Related Crimes
A.B. 7517
Requires state colleges to develop and implement policies and procedures regarding bias related crimes and bias related violations....

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MESigned into law 05/2003P-12Spoken Language Interpreters
S.P. 305 (LD 909)
Establishes the Committee to Investigate the Feasibility of and Need for Regulation of Spoken Language Interpreters. Establishes committee membership, which must include a member representing the Portland schools multilingual program. Requires the committee to...

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SCBecame Law Without Governor's Signature 05/2003Postsec.Higher Education Equalization Program
S.B. 203
Establishes the South Carolina Higher Education Equalization Program; requires the Commission on Higher Education to enter into contracts with private, historically black colleges and universities to be used for certain purposes intended to enhance the educati...

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ARSigned into law 04/2003P-12
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Minority Teacher Scholarship
H.B. 2187
Amends the critical needs minority teacher scholarship program; creates a commission for selecting scholarship recipients. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2187.pdf...

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INSigned into law 03/2002P-12District Review of Programs to Consider Consequences of Tracking, Ability Grouping or Screening of Students by Test Results
S.B. 292
Requires every district to review district's programs to judge if district's practices of separating students by ability, placing students into educational tracks, or using test results to screen students result in the systematic separation of students by race...

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NMVetoed 03/2002P-12Indian Education Act
S.B. 198
Enacts to the Indian Education Act. Creates the "Indian education division" within the department of education to (A.) provide assistance to school districts and tribes to meet the educational needs of American Indian students; (B.) provide assistance to scho...

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MESigned into law 06/2001P-12Teaching of Native American History
H.B. 255
Public Law No. 403., (LD 291)Requires that Maine Native American history and culture be taught in all elementary and secondary schools; requires the Department of Education to include Maine Native American history and culture in the system of learning results;...

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ARSigned into law 03/2001P-12Civil Rights Compliance
H.B. 2198
The Department of Education may withhold state aid from any district that fails to file its assurance of compliance with civil rights responsibilities by October 15 each year, or fails to file any other information with a published deadline requested from scho...

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CASigned into law 09/2000P-12Teaching Diversity
A.B. 1785
Requires the State Department of Education to revise the state curriculum frameworks and guidelines and the moral and civic education curricula to include human relations education, with the aim of fostering an appreciation of the diversity of California's pop...

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CASigned into law 09/2000P-12Local Tolerance Programs
A.B. 1945
Requires staff development activities included in school development plans to assist personnel at the local schoolsite to develop tolerance programs....

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CASigned into law 09/2000P-12Ethnic Sensitivity Program Grants
A.B. 1931
Requires the State Department of Education to provide regional training to assist school district personnel in the identification and determination of hate violence on school campuses, subject to funds being appropriated in the Budget Act of 2000. Establishes ...

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CAVetoed 09/2000P-12Minority Recruitment
S.B. 2047
Makes a legislative finding that the prohibition on preferential treatment on the basis of race or sex in public employment, public education, and public contracting does not prevent governmental agencies from engaging in public sector outreach programs that m...

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CASigned into law 09/2000Postsec.Minority Education Programs
S.B. 1721
Authorizes the Trustees of the California State University to establish an African American Political Institute and an Institute for Central American Studies at California State University, Northridge, and a center for Portuguese Studies of California State Un...

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CAVetoed 08/2000P-12Action Plan for Language Development
S.B. 576
Appropriates, without regard to fiscal year, a specified amount from the General Fund to the California Postsecondary Education Commission for the purpose of preparing and submitting to the governor, certain members of the legislature, and prescribed state off...

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CASigned into law 08/2000P-12Cesar Chavez Day
S.B. 984
Chapter No.213, Requires the State Board of Education to adopt a model curriculum guide for use by public schools for exercises related to Cesar Chavez Day. Requires the State Board of Education to ensure that the state curriculum framework, where appropriate,...

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AKSigned into law 05/2000P-12Native Language Education
S.B. 103
Relates to a curriculum for Native language education....

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