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Terms Starting with B

Basic Skills
Includes Adult Basic Education, General Educational Development (GED) preparation, and English as a Second Language.
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Bias
Judgment or preference toward or against a person or group of people. ??? Implicit/Subconscious Bias - Attitudes/stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an implicit manner. These biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual???s awareness or intentional control. Residing deep in the subconscious, these biases are different from known biases that individuals may choose to conceal for the purposes of social and/or political correctness. ??? Explicit/Conscious Bias - Biases we know we have and use on purpose.
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Bioassay
A determination of the concentration of a substance in a human body by an analysis of urine, feces blood, bone, or tissue.
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Bloodborne Pathogen
A pathogenic microorganism that is present in human blood and can cause disease in humans, including hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), as well as any other pathogen specified by the board in rule.
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Body Fluids
Fluids the body makes (e.g., semen, blood, and vaginal secretions). Body fluids also include breast milk, saliva, and gingival (relating to the gums fluids), urine, feces, and vomitus.
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Breath Alcohol Technician
An individual who instructs and assists individuals in the alcohol testing process and operates an evidential breath testing (EBT) device.
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Budget
A plan of financial operation embodying an estimate of expenditures for a given period and the proposed means of financing them.
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Budget Request
A proposed budget submitted by a state agency to OFM and by the Governor to the legislature.
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Bullying
Seek to harm, intimidate, or coerce (someone perceived as vulnerable).
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