OCR Receives Record Number of Special Ed Complaints

OCR has received more complaints in the past three years (2009-2011) than ever before regarding disability-related issues. The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") enforces federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination based on race, national origin, sex, age, and disability. However, during the period between 2009-2011, 55% of the complaints received by OCR dealt with disability-related issues. The top disability-related complaint concerned FAPE, but other issues raised by complaints included retaliation, academic adjustments, denial of benefits, and harassment.

OCR's publication, "Disability Rights Enforcement Highlights," can be accessed here.

Published In: Administrative Agency Updates, Civil Rights Updates, Education Updates

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