Education is often referred to as the great equalizer and a key component for social and economic mobility for all Americans. OCA believes that K-12 and higher education must be fully accessible to all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders students. To this end, OCA’s education priorities include ensuring that student data is disaggregated so that necessary resources can be provided to our most needing communities.

OCA’s K-12 platform also includes efforts to ensure that parents, especially limited English proficient (LEP) parents, are able to understand and access resources necessary for their children’s success. Additionally, OCA advocates to expand anti-bullying measures to include LEP and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. OCA also remains committed to ensuring that higher education is accessible and affordable for all AAPI students, including undocumented students. OCA’s higher education platform includes a congressional mandate for all public universities to allow the enrollment of undocumented students, along with translations for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and its availability for undocumented students.

Higher Education

  1. Push for a progressive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act

  2. Support holistic admissions practices, inclusive of race, ethnicity, and sex, and prevent the dismantling of affirmative action in higher education admissions


  1. Ensure ESSA implementation is inclusive of AAPI data disaggregation, safe school priorities, and acceptable standards and measurements for ELL students.

  2. Create a Title IX infrastructure to support coordinators committed to implementing gender equity laws in the education system

  3. School climate and discipline

OCA Resources

Know Your Rights: How to File a Complaint with Office of Civil Rights in Department of Education


AAPIs in Education in the First 100 Days (NCAPA Education Committee)

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Overview (NCAPA Education Committee)