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S. 2574: Protecting Students From Racial Hostility Act

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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Jul 30, 2021.

Protecting Students From Racial Hostility Act

This bill addresses racially hostile school environments caused by certain school curricula.

Specifically, the bill expands the definition of discrimination under the Civil Rights Act to include the use of a curriculum, or teaching or counseling, that promotes a divisive concept relating to elementary, secondary, or postsecondary education and that results in a racially hostile environment in an educational setting.

Under the bill, discrimination also includes any intimidation, threat, coercion, or discrimination against any individual (1) for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by the Civil Rights Act as modified by this bill; or (2) because the individual has made a complaint, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing.

The bill requires any state educational agency or state higher education agency that is the subject of a complaint, or that receives information about a complaint, to report the complaint involved to the state's attorney general.