Status Summary

Passed the House on 9/16. Received in the Senate 9/17.

Legislative Session

2019

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Scott

This bill would amend title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to authorize private civil causes of action for disparate impact violations (to the same extent as intentional violations) of federal regulations of general applicability that prohibit discrimination on the ground of race, color, or national origin in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Education programs that receive financial assistance authorized or extended by the Department of Education (ED) must designate at least one compliance coordinator to carry out these nondiscrimination responsibilities and investigate complaints. The bill requires ED to appoint a Special Assistant for Equity and Inclusion to (1) promote, coordinate, and evaluate equity and inclusion programs; and (2) advise ED on matters relating to equity and inclusion.

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