Yesterday, the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued a 37-page guidance document on “Resource Comparability” and unequal distribution of education resources along racial or ethic lines in elementary and secondary education.  More specifically, OCR is focusing on racial disparities in access to “rigorous courses, academic programs, and extracurricular activities; stable workforces of effective teachers, leaders, and support staff; safe and appropriate school buildings and facilities; and modern technology and high-quality instructional materials.” The document  also tackles such “in the news” topics as racial disparities in selective public schools and AP classes, as well as funding disparities within and between school districts.

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the current Ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions – and the likely Charmian of that committee if Republicans take control of the Senate this November, called on the Obama Administration to rescind the guidance, citing the intrusion onto issues of local control called for in the guidance (“This administration’s National School Board has gone from telling states what academic standards they should set to, now, making decisions for our school districts about school wi-fi hotspots, air conditioning systems, performance art spaces or the quality of the carpeting in the hallways. “).