CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 901 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) on November 6, 2009.
H.Res. 901 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Recognizes the 49th anniversary of the first day of integrated schools in New Orleans, Louisiana;
• "Remembers Judge J. Skelly Wright for his advocacy, support, and lifelong commitment to promoting civil rights, fairness, and equality;
• "Commends Ruby Bridges for her bravery and courage 49 years ago, and for her lifetime commitment to raising awareness of diversity through improved educational opportunities for all children;
• "Supports policies and efforts to-
o "Close the achievement gap in the schools of our Nation;
o "Improve the high school graduation rate for all students;
o "Strengthen the ability of all students to attend and complete post-secondary education; and
o "Promote the benefits of school integration throughout the educational careers of students; and
• "Congratulates all the individuals who have dedicated their lives to the field of education and to promoting equal opportunities for all students regardless of the backgrounds of the students.
According to the resolution's findings, Judge J. Skelly Wright, of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, ordered the Orleans Parish School Board to develop a school desegregation plan in 1956 and, after years of delay, in 1960, ordered the Orleans Parish School Board to carry out a plan designed by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.