Byrne & Local Parents Stand Against Taxpayer Funding Tied to DEI Initiatives – Yonkers Times – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Assemblyman and Putnam County Executive candidate Kevin Byrne

Assemblyman Kevin Byrne held a press conference last month to call on the NYS Department of Education (NYSED) to scrap any effort to tie state financial assistance for school districts to the firmly recommended, but highly controversial
“Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Framework and Policy Statement.”

Last week, Assemblymembers Kevin Byrne and Colin Schmitt joined with their colleague, ranking member of the NYS Assembly Education Committee, Doug Smith, in writing a letter to NYSED Commissioner Dr. Betty A. Rosa stressing the importance of respecting local control and their opposition to heavyhanded state mandates or incentives tied to the implementation of DEI. Several specific concerns with the DEI policy were cited in the letter sent to Commissioner Rosa.

Last week in their list of Budget and Legislative Priorities for the 2022-23 School Year, the NYS Board of Regents included a new one million dollar funding request to subsidize schools who adopt Di


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