Race-based tutoring program under American Rescue Plan funding
Fulton County School District, Georgia
In reviewing a purchasing report to be approved at the Sept 2022 school board meeting for Fulton County schools, I came across an RFP for tutoring services that caught my interest. I found the RFP and was shocked to see the Scope of Work explicitly stated that a 14-week 9th grade Alg 1 tutoring program was to be started (1st year $335K, with four 1-year options) and would be "prioritizing students of color, English language learners, students with disabilities, and students experiencing poverty." Knowing this is obviously discriminatory and unlawful, and I had prior knowledge of recent lawsuits filed against Biden administration for similar language in programs under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and Infrastructure Act, which judges deemed unconstitutional, I raised the issue in writing with Fulton County Schools. I provided the actual language in the RFP, cited court cases and judges rulings (with appropriate footnotes). I requested the tutoring program be halted, that a legal review be conducted with a view towards the recent court precedents, and that the program be modified to included students based on academic need, regardless of race, language, disability or socioeconomic status. I also requested that any future academic programs ensure compliance with federal and state laws and be based on academic need without any reference to race. Awaiting reply.
Fulton County Schools RFP for Tutoring (see page 33)