Civil Rights and the Rising Use of Artificial Intelligence in Education






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Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm ET

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2024

The Pennsylvania Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is conducting a study to examine the civil rights impact of the rising use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Education. In this ongoing study, the Committee will consider how AI algorithms are developed, and the impact they can have on either reducing or exacerbating existing disparities (or creating new disparities) in the classroom based on federally protected classes. The Committee will also examine potential solutions and recommendations to remediate identified concerns.

The Committee will hear testimony through a series of public briefings, as scheduled below. All meetings are free and open to the public. Members of the public will be invited to speak during an open-comment period near the end of each meeting. The Committee also invites written testimony from others who wish to contribute. All written testimony must be submitted to the Committee by Wednesday May 1, 2024, via email at [email protected].

Closed captions will be provided. Individuals requiring other accommodations should contact the regional program unit at (202) 618-4158 five business days prior to the meeting to make their request. Committee Steve Irwin said, “Pennsylvania is at the center as our country begins to harness the power of AI. Our Committee has chosen to focus on identifying the risks and rewards for students from Kindergarten through High School. At the same time, its benefits must be felt equitably and its dangers must not be at the expense of the most vulnerable.”

The Committee will issue its findings and recommendations in a report to the Commission after all testimony has been received, anticipated Fall 2024.


  • Joseph T. Yun, Swanson School of Engineering and Office of the CIO, University of Pittsburgh
  • Nicol Turner Lee, Brookings Institute
  • Kristin Woelfel, Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Clarence Okoh, The Center for Law and Policy