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House passes bill to allow private lawsuits against public schools for discriminatory practices

Added 09-16-20 04:57:02pm EST - “The House on Wednesday passed legislation aimed at restore individuals' ability to take civil court actions against public schools and federally funded entities for discriminatory policies and practices.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “House passes bill to allow private lawsuits against public schools for discriminatory practices”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The House on Wednesday passed legislation aimed at restore individuals’ ability to take civil court actions against public schools and federally funded entities for discriminatory policies and practices.

In a 232-188 vote, the lower chamber passed the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act, introduced by House Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottPelosi: House will stay in session until agreement is reached on coronavirus relief This week: House returns for pre-election sprint House to tackle funding, marijuana in September MORE (D-Va.).

The bill would amend Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to allow for “individual civil actions in cases involving disparate impact.”

Prior to the 2001 Supreme Court ruling on Alexander v. Sandoval — a decision which said that private citizens cannot sue under Title VI over claims of disparate impact discrimination unless intent can be proved — individuals could not pursue civil action. 

Under the House-passed legislation, school districts would be required to appoint a monitor to ensure schools are in compliance with Title VI and would create an assistant secretary of education position at the Department of Education to promote compliance. 

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