Posted in Dear Colleague Letters (USDOE)

Schools’ Civil Rights Obligations to English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents

The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) released joint guidance reminding states, school districts and schools of their obligations under federal law to ensure that English learner students have equal access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to achieve their full academic potential.  The guidance, fact sheets, and other resources (including translated […]

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The applicability of Federal civil rights laws to juvenile justice residential facilities.

OCR and the U.S. Department of Justice jointly issued a Dear Colleague Letter concerning the applicability of Federal civil rights laws to juvenile justice residential facilities. <excerpt>   December 8, 2014   Dear Colleague, Although the overall number of youth involved in the juvenile justice system has been decreasing, there are still more than 60,000 […]

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Transgender Youth Protected by Title IX

Transgender Youth Protected by Title IX  – Updated Title IX guidance released by the U.S. Department of Education clarifies that the civil rights law’s protection extends to all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/qa-201404-title-ix.pdf     “Does Title IX protect all students from sexual violence? Answer: Yes. Title IX protects all students at […]

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OCR Releases Policy Guidance on Retaliation

Dear Stakeholder: Today, the Office for Civil Rights has released guidance to remind school districts, postsecondary institutions, and other Federal funding recipients of the legal prohibition against retaliation with regard to civil rights complaints and to describe OCR’s methods of enforcement. The DCL does not contain any new policy or new interpretations of law and […]

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U.S. Department of Education Says Gay-Straight Alliances Must Be Allowed (law is not new, just a formal reminder)

Two very significant items this week:  1)     U.S. Department of Education Says Gay-Straight Alliances Must Be Allowed (law is not new, just a formal reminder) http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/secletter/110607.html  2)     Gender Identity and Expression added to list of protected classes. (nondiscrimination statements will need to be opdated)     U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION   LEGAL GUIDELINES REGARDING THE […]

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