ERIC Number: ED244134
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
State Enforcement of Civil Rights in Vocational Education: Partner or Stepchild? A Report on Implementation of Section II of the 1979 Vocational Education Guidelines by the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education.
An investigation was conducted of state enforcement of the Vocational Education Guidelines issued in 1979 to prevent discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, sex, or handicap in vocational training. The guidelines are administered by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) through methods of administration (MOA) developed by the states that show how each state plans to fulfill its obligations to monitor the delivery of vocational training and to enforce the applicable nondiscrimination requirements of Federal law. The investigation found that less than 20 percent of the states were doing an acceptable job of enforcing civil rights. The blame for this situation was placed with OCR and the U.S. Department of Education, which have not provided effective information, guidance, and training together with sufficient Federal oversight to ensure that the results are adequate. It was charged that the Department of Education has been unwilling to undertake or to give appropriate priority to the necessary Federal guidance and oversight to make a Federal-state partnership in civil rights work. Similarly, OCR has been unwilling to exert the necessary central oversight and control from headquarters to ensure that the regional offices are provided with the training, information, and guidance that they require to perform their roles in the MOA process. The study concluded that until Federal authorities take action, state civil rights enforcement in vocational education will remain neglected. Appendixes include applicable rules and regulations, evaluation forms, and correspondence. (KC)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Civil Rights, Civil Rights Legislation, Compliance (Legal), Equal Education, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Federal Regulation, Federal State Relationship, Government School Relationship, Law Enforcement, Legal Responsibility, Nondiscriminatory Education, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, State Government, Statewide Planning, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Washington, DC.