Sending Office: Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton
I invite you to become a cosponsor of the Combating Implicit Bias in Education Act (H.R. 6765), which would create a grant program for schools to train teachers, principals and other personnel on implicit bias, including with respect to actual or perceived
race, religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), disability, ethnicity and socioeconomic status.
The Department of Education’s (DOE) Civil Rights Data Collection for the 2015-2016 school year found that students of color, males and those with disabilities received far more severe and frequent punishment than their counterparts. Students experiencing
implicit bias and even outright discrimination face far greater expulsion and suspension rates, fueling the school-to-prison pipeline and widening the student achievement gap.
This bill will also task the DOE’s Institute of Education Sciences with evaluating and reporting on the effectiveness of the training.
I hope you will join me in cosponsoring this important legislation to reduce the effect of implicit bias on school discipline, academic achievement and academic attainment through research-based training for education personnel. Providing teachers and school
officials with training could help close the achievement gap and reduce suspensions and expulsions.
To cosponsor, or for further information, please contact Priscilla Kim of my staff at
Priscilla.Kim@mail.house.gov or x58050.
Eleanor Holmes Norton
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