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Cardona pushes for more OCR funding given increased caseload

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U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona is advocating for increased funding for the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) due to a high caseload and a shortage of investigators. The department has over 140 open investigations related to shared ancestry discrimination, with a majority of cases launched since October 2023. Cardona stated that the agency is understaffed to handle these cases. President Biden’s budget request for fiscal year 2024 called for a 27% increase in funding for OCR, but ultimately, no increase was granted. For fiscal year 2025, Biden is seeking a $22 million increase in funding. Cardona emphasized the need for additional support to address the caseload. The discussion on OCR took place during a House education committee

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