Youth bias task force’s recommendations target N.J.’s education system

The New Jersey Interagency Task Force to Combat Youth Bias has issued its final report, which has 13 education-related recommendations to combat the increased bias activity among N.J. youth.

Those recommendation include requiring anti-bias training for educators and school employees, encouraging K-12 districts to designate a chief equity officer, and requiring anti-bias policies in colleges and universities.

“If adopted, the task force’s recommendations will fundamentally re-imagine the role of the state’s education system and law enforcement institutions in fighting bias,” write N.J. Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and N.J. Division on Civil Rights Chair Rachel Wainer Apter in a guest column published by The Star-Ledger. “New Jersey would become the first state in the country to require comprehensive anti-bias training for educators and school staff — not just implicit bias training, but also training on the institutional bias and structural bias that still shapes the landscape of the state today.”