Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) is asking for your help to support the disaggregation of student data, which is crucial for communities as diverse as the Asian Pacific community.
We are seeking your help for our efforts around the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). We NEED Senator Franken to support us and ask for an amendment to include disaggregated data in the bill – so that accurate data on the Asian American community is collected. As you know, disaggregation of data is crucial to AAPI communities – too often the particular needs of communities such as Southeast Asian refugees are masked by the perception of one singular Asian American experience and the “model minority myth”.
The bill is going to be commented on tomorrow – so we need to include this amendment as soon as possible!
Please let me know if you have any questions, and thanks so much for all of your help!
Subject: Offering Amendment at Tomorrow’s ESEA Mark-Up
Dear Ms. Sherry Orbach,
My name is [insert name] and I am a constituent of Senator Franken.
I am writing today to urge Senator Franken to propose an amendment at tomorrow’s mark-up of the ESEA bill that would allow for transparent data collection of student outcomes for Asian American subgroups. The proposed amendment is as follows:
Proposed Amendment (changes in red font).
Section IIII (a)(2)(B)(ix) – Page 45, lines 18-25.
‘‘(ix) enable results to be disaggregated within the State, local educational agency, and school by gender, by each major racial and ethnic groups as reported out by the U.S. Census Bureau, by English language proficiency status, by migrant status, by status as a student with a disability, and by economically disadvantaged status, except that, in the case of a local educational agency or a school, such disaggregation shall not be required in a case in which the results would reveal personally identifiable information about an individual student.
This amendment would result in the reporting of Asian American subgroups, including Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander groups. This would be an improvement on the current legislation which would result in the lumping of all Asian American students into the “Asian” category, which masks the educational needs that our communities still face.