Category Archives: Race and National Origin

Policy guidance materials related to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

U.S. Department of Education Release Joint Fact Sheet about Combatting Discrimination against Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) and Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian (MASSA) students

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Educational Opportunities Section, and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders issued a fact sheet that includes examples of forms of discrimination that members of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) and Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian (MASSA) communities commonly face. … Read the rest

Guidance to Ensure English Learner Students Have Equal Access to a High-Quality Education

The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) released joint guidance: “Dear Colleague” letter: English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents 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.” In addition to the guidance, the Departments also released additional tools and resources to help schools in serving English learner students and parents with limited English proficiency, including:
  • Press Release
  • “Dear Colleague” letter PDF (499K)
    Carta a los Estimados Colegas PDF (809K)
  • A fact sheet for English Learner Students in English and in other languages about schools’ obligations under federal law to ensure that English learner students can participate meaningfully and equally in school PDF (536K).
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Implementing CDC’s Ebola Guidance for Schools while Protecting the Civil Rights of Students and Others

The Fact Sheet addresses how school officials can implement Ebola guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  without discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, or disability; explains what school officials must do to ensure a continuity of learning if a student is legitimately excluded from school; and reminds school officials of their responsibility to respond to bullying and harassment.  … Read the rest

Guidance on Protecting Civil Rights in Juvenile Justice Residential Facilities

“Dear Colleague” letter from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon and Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Vanita Gupta, U.S. Department of Justice, concerning the applicability of Federal civil rights laws to juvenile justice residential facilities. The letter provides a reminder that juvenile justice residential facilities receiving Federal funds are subject to the same Federal civil rights obligations as all other public schools, and highlights some of the legal requirements related to access to academic coursework and career and vocational training, students with disabilities, English language learners, and the administration of discipline. … Read the rest

Guidance to Ensure All Students Have Equal Access to Educational Resources

“Dear Colleague” letter from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon about ensuring students have equal access to educational resources without regard to race, color, or national origin. The guidance, fact sheet, and resources for technical assistance are also available on the Resource Comparability Materials homepage.
  • Press Release
    En español
  • “Dear Colleague” letter PDF (469K)
    Carta a los Estimados Colegas: Comparabilidad de Recursos PDF (307K)
  • Fact Sheet PDF (179K)
    En español (Spanish) PDF (510K)
    情况说明书 (Sim.
 … Read the rest

Guidance on Charter Schools

The letter provides a reminder that charter schools are subject to the same Federal civil rights obligations as all other public schools, and highlights some of the legal requirements related to admissions, student discipline, students with disabilities, and English language learners.
  • “Dear Colleague” letter PDF (171K)
    Carta a los estimados colegas: Escuelas Chárter PDF (186K)
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Guidance for School Districts to Ensure Equal Access for All Children to Public Schools Regardless of Immigration Status

Important updates to the joint 2011 guidance regarding school responsibilities under Plyler v. Doe, including examples of permissible enrollment practices, as well as examples of the types of information that may not be used as a basis for denying a student entrance to school.
  • Press Release
  • “Dear Colleague” letter: School Enrollment Procedures PDF (179K)
    En español (Spanish) PDF (177K)
    العربيّة (Arabic) PDF (269K)
    情況說明書 (Trad.
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Letter on Supreme Court ruling in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action

“Dear Colleague” letter concerning the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. The letter provides information about the Schuette decision and reiterates the Departments’ support for the voluntary use of race and ethnicity to achieve diversity in education.
  • “Dear Colleague” letter  PDF (99K)
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Guidance Package to Enhance School Climate and Improve School Discipline Policies/Practices

The guidance package will assist states, districts and schools in developing practices and strategies to enhance school climate, and ensure those policies and practices comply with federal law in light of the difficulty of creating and maintaining safe, positive environments. Included within the guidance package is the “Dear Colleague” letter: Racial Disparities In The Administration Of School Discipline” from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. … Read the rest

Guidance on the Voluntary Use of Race to Achieve Diversity in Higher Education after Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

This “Dear Colleague” letter and Questions and Answers document provides colleges and universities with information about the ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin,  and reiterates the Departments of Justice and the Department of Education’s position on the voluntary use of race to achieve diversity in higher education.  … Read the rest