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Separate and Unequal

Unlike people, not all schools are created equal. Anyone who doubts that need only review the results of the Civil Rights Data Collection [“CRDC”] for the 2011-2012 school year, which were released on March 21, 2014 by...more

Dear Colleague Letter Urges Districts to Abandon “Zero Tolerance” in Student Discipline Policies

The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (OCR) and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice recently released a joint “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) providing guidance on administering...more

Dear Colleague Letter Firmly Urges Districts to Abandon “Zero Tolerance” in Student Discipline Policies

The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (OCR) and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice recently released a joint “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) providing guidance on administering...more

OCR Issues Dear Colleague Letter To Ensure Schools’ Compliance With Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws

On January 8, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice issued a Dear Colleague Letter to assist schools in administering discipline without discrimination on the basis of race, color, or...more

College Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Complaint

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) announced earlier this week that Logan University in Missouri settled a pregnancy discrimination complaint that the NWLC filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil...more

Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Issues Controversial Guidance On Rights of Disabled Students to Participate in...

On Jan. 25, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (‘‘OCR’’) released a Dear Colleague Letter (‘‘DCL’’) providing guidance on the obligations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973...more

OCR Issues Guidance Regarding Pregnant And Parenting Students

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Dear Colleague Letter last week that provides guidance for secondary schools regarding compliance with Title IX as it relates to pregnant and parenting...more

OCR Issues New Guidance Regarding Retaliation

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance this week in the form of a “Dear Colleague Letter” that specifically addresses retaliation. Like complaints filed with the...more

USDOE Spanish Bullying Website Highlights Challenges In Addressing Bullying With LEP Students, Parents, Staff, And Community...

The U.S. Department of Education has launched a Spanish-language website providing resources to teachers, parents, and community leaders to prevent bullying. The website is http://espanol.stopbullying.gov and is similar in...more

OCR Issues Dear Colleague Letter Regarding 2008 Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments

On January 19, 2012, the US Department of Education’s (“DOE”) Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued a Dear Colleague letter and Questions and Answers regarding the impact of the 2008 amendments to Americans with Disabilities...more

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