Eleanor Holmes Norton Wants Schools to Have Implicit Bias Training Programs
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) plans to introduce a bill that would provide a $25 million grant program for schools to train teachers, principals and other school personnel on implicit bias, including with respect to race, sex, and disability. The bill aims to reduce the effect of implicit bias on school discipline, academic achievement, and academic attainment. This move comes after federal data released by the Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection for the 2015-2016 school year revealed that students of color, particularly male and those with disabilities, face harsher discipline than white, female, non-disabled students. “Education in America must be the great equalizer. Instead, students of color, males and students with disabilities face far greater expulsion and suspension rates, fueling the school-to-prison pipeline and widening the student achievement gap. Providing teachers and school officials with training could help close the achievement gap and reduce school suspensions and expulsions by finding alternative ways to address student behavior,” Norton said. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering curbing the investigation on racial disparities in school discipline, despite a report from the Government Accountability Office released earlier this month that also had similar findings, concluding that Black students, boys, and students with disabilities were overrepresented in disciplinary action. More here.