H. R. 4776, Combating Implicit Bias in Education Act.

Summary: This bill directs the Department of Education to award grants to local educational agencies to provide training to staff of elementary and secondary schools on implicit bias. (Cosponsors)

ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION:  Representative Craig Cosponsored the bill on 02/18/20.

STATUS: Introduced 10/21/19 by Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large].

INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:

  • “Study after study confirms that the effects of implicit bias can be seen in school discipline and academic achievement,” Norton said.  “My bill would give school districts the right tools to address this bias and help implement corrective feedback.  Every student deserves the opportunity and support to succeed in class, and my bill will help correct these harmful biases.” (Source: Rep. Norton, Press Release, 10/23/19)

  • At the foundation of early education is the belief that all students have inherent worth and should be treated with equity. Regardless of a child’s gender, socioeconomic status, or other background factors, every person has the ability to succeed in school. But even when we want to promote tolerance, subconscious attitudes can prevent us from treating students fairly.[6] These attitudes are called implicit biases, and they often rely on inaccurate or stereotyped information. If we’re unaware of them, however, they can be particularly difficult to correct. (Source: Waterford.org)

ADDITIONAL DETAIL: 

Link to the text of the bill.

Link to bill information (support and opposition) on Countable.

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