This bill was reintroduced in the House as H.R.717 by Rep. Michael M. Honda (D-CA) on February 4, 2015 and in the Senate as S.389 by Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) on February 5, 2015.

Summary

The All Students Count Act of 2015 amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to require information on annual state report cards on student proficiency divided into the same enumerated racial groups as the federal census report and other subgroups such as gender, disability status, migrant status, and economic status. 

PFLAG Talking Points

  • Many minority students, including LGBTQ students, are less likely to succeed academically than their peers. Though this bill does not mention sexual orientation or gender identity specifically, more diverse data will show where educational disparities are and where focus is needed.
  • Many LGBTQ students belong to the groups this bill enumerates. LGBTQ students face educational barriers, but for many these barriers are connected with other barriers they face due to race, disability, economic status, and other factors. This bill will help gather the data necessary to address those barriers.
  • Students’ privacy must be protected in the pursuit of stronger data. This bill provides exemptions when dividing data as dictated endangers the privacy of individual students.
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