ERIC Number: ED336441
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-25
Reference Count: N/A
Within-School Discrimination: Inadequate Title VI Enforcement by Education's Office for Civil Rights. Statement of Lawrence H. Thompson, Assistant Comptroller General, Human Resources Division, Before the Committee on Labor and Human Resources, United States Senate.
Thompson, Lawrence H.
A disproportionate number of minority students in U.S. public elementary and secondary schools are in lower-ability classes and special education programs. This has led to Congressional concern about student resegregation resulting from within-school discrimination. The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is responsible for ensuring that educational institutions that receive federal funds comply with federal civil rights statutes, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VI regulations require that OCR investigate civil rights complaints from parents and other sources, and conduct self-initiated investigations, called compliance reviews, whenever it has information of school districts' possible noncompliance. This testimony before the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources presents the following findings: (1) minority students are disproportionately placed in some classes in more than half of the nation's school districts; (2) OCR has not yet met the regulatory requirement for conducting compliance reviews and has insufficiently monitored school districts' corrective actions; (3) no Federal regulatory guidance exists concerning schools' ability grouping and tracking practices; and (4) determinations of discriminatory student assignment practices are inconsistent at the regional level. Recommendations are presented for Title VI regulations on appropriate class assignment and for OCR policy and procedural guidance for within-school discrimination cases. (AF)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
Identifiers: Civil Rights Act 1964 Title VI; Office for Civil Rights; Testimony