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Acquiring and Maintaining Civil Rights Compliance. VDOE Office of Federal Program Monitoring. What does this have to do with CTE?. As a result of litigation in 1973, (Adams v. Califano ), the Department of Health Education and Welfare was directed to enforce civil rights

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Acquiring and MaintainingCivil Rights Compliance

VDOE

Office of Federal Program Monitoring


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What does this have to do with CTE?

As a result of litigation in 1973, (Adams v.

Califano), the Department of Health Education

and Welfare was directed to enforce civil rights

requirements in vocational education programs

through compliance reviews, a survey of

enrollments and related data, and the issuance

of guidelines explaining the application of Title

VI regulations to vocational education.


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The US Department of Education- Office for Civil Rights

(OCR) is charged with the mission to ensure equal access to

education and to promote educational excellence throughout

the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.

This includes OCR led on-site civil rights

reviews!

Exactly who is in charge of oversight?


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So, you are with the OCR?

NO!!

As the state’s Methods of Administration (MOA)

Coordinator, I am responsible for continuous

monitoring of civil rights compliance in Virginia’s

public secondary schoolsthat offer CTE.

On-site civil rights compliance reviews conducted by

VDOE are MOA reviews. However, they are mandated

by OCR.


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Which civil rights laws are considered when determining compliance?

  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (prohibiting

    discrimination based on race, color, and national origin) 34 CFR

    Part 100

  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (prohibiting

    discrimination based on gender) 34 CFR Part 106

  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (prohibiting

    discrimination based on disability) 34 CFR Part 104

  • Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

    (prohibiting discrimination based on disability) 28 CFR Part 35

  • The Vocational Education Programs Guidelines for

    Eliminating Discrimination and Denial of Services on the

    Basis of Race, Color, National Origin, Sex and Handicap, “The

    Guidelines”, Federal Register, March 21, 1979, Vol. 44, No. 56


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School division compliance? responsibilities in acquiring and maintaining civil rights compliance:

Eleven civil rights focus areas…

  • Site Location- (of CTE programs/courses and technical centers)

  • Recruitment- (demographics of recruitment team, recruitment materials and practices)

  • Student Financial Assistance- (formal and informal assistance provided)


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Focus Areas (con’t.) compliance?

  • Work Study, Cooperative Education, Job Placement & Apprentice Training- (provision of opportunities to all, workplace agreements, placement methodology)

    5.Counseling and Pre-career and Technical Programs- (promotional/recruitment materials, scheduling methodologies, counseling of LEP, disabled, and female/male students)


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Most compliance?“overlooked”focus areas…

  • Accessibility-(physical structure of areas within buildings and their grounds for mobility impaired)

  • Services to Students with Disabilities- (accommodations and modifications provided for disabled students, parents, andthe public)

  • Administrative-

    • Annual Nondiscrimination Notice

    • Continuous Nondiscrimination Notice

    • Grievance Procedures


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Most compliance? “overlooked”focus areas… (con’t.)

9. Employment-(hiring and promotion practices,

application forms and materials, salary scales)

10. Access and Admissions- (admissions

procedures and practices, applications, provisions for

LEP and disabled students)

11. Comparable Facilities- (facilities programs

and services provided for males/females and disabled/

non-disabled)


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WOW!!! That’s a lot! compliance?

Civil rights compliance is a sharedresponsibility.

Who should I share this with?:

  • Superintendent

  • Head of Facilities/Maintenance/Construction

  • Director of Human Resources

  • Title IX Coordinator

  • 504 Coordinator

  • Directors of Special Education, Guidance, and ESL/LEP

  • Building Administrators


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How will I know if my school division is likely to be selected for a VDOE on-site civil rights review?

Target Pool 2008-2009

Accomack Montgomery

Alexandria Northampton

Arlington Northumberland

Buckingham Norton

Craig Pittsylvania

Dickenson Richmond City I *

Dinwiddie Richmond City II *

Franklin Co. Roanoke City

Grayson Sussex

Highland Waynesboro

Middlesex Williamsburg/ James City Co.

Wise


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What should I do if my school division is selected? selected for a VDOE on-site civil rights review?

Relax…

  • Use information provided in this presentation to continuously assess and maintain compliance

  • Contact me for an overview of the specifics of an on-site civil rights review

  • Provide the requested documents prior to the review

  • Participate in the on-site review and remain the point of contact until the school division’s compliance plan (if required) is complete


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Contact Information selected for a VDOE on-site civil rights review?

  • Virginia Department of Education

    • Dr. Sandra Ruffin, Director, Federal Program Monitoring

      804-225-2768 or [email protected]

    • Bonnie B. English, Monitoring Specialist- Civil Rights (MOA Coordinator)

      804-225-2618 or [email protected]

  • Office for Civil Rights


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