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May 14, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance on Obligations of Charter Schools to Comply with Federal Civil Rights Laws

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today released new guidance confirming that the same federal civil rights laws that apply to other public schools apply equally to public charter schools.

April 11, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Announces Resolution of Hazleton, Pa., Area School District Civil Rights Investigation

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has entered into an agreement with the Hazleton, Pa., Area School District to bring the district into compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for English Language Learner (ELL) students in the district.

April 10, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Announces Resolution of Manchester, N.H., School District Civil Rights Investigation

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights today announced a settlement with New Hampshire’s Manchester School District, School Administrative Unit #37, aimed at providing greater access to college and career preparatory courses for black and Latino students.

March 21, 2014

The New Spotlight on America's Opportunity Gaps

Thank you, Catherine [Lhamon]. I can't thank Catherine enough for the extraordinary leadership that she has shown as head of our Office for Civil Rights and for her passionate commitment to protect and ensure equal opportunity for all students.

March 21, 2014

Expansive Survey of America's Public Schools Reveals Troubling Racial Disparities

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released today the first comprehensive look at civil rights data from every public school in the country in nearly 15 years.

October 2, 2012

Secretary Duncan, White House Officials Join Disability Stakeholders in Commemorating Anniversary of Key Civil Rights Law

Leaders from the disability community joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and other senior officials from the White House and the Education Department Monday for a panel discussion celebrating the 39th anniversary of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

April 23, 2012

U.S. Education Department Reaches Agreement with Memphis City Schools on Aids, Services for Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that its Office for Civil Rights has reached a resolution agreement with the Memphis, Tenn., City Schools on aids and services to students with disabilities.

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