ERIC Number: ED428436
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Office for Civil Rights. Annual Report to Congress, Fiscal Year 1998. Guaranteeing Equal Access to High-Standards Education.
Office for Civil Rights (ED), Washington, DC.
This annual report details the responsibilities of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). It outlines the main purpose of the OCR--the agency within the United States Department of Education that regulates and enforces civil-rights laws against discrimination in education programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. The focus of the agency is to provide student applicants and students equal access to programs and services. The OCR provides overall leadership, support, and coordination of the 12 enforcement offices throughout the country. The department conducts complaint investigations, compliance reviews, and technical assistance. By resolving complaints fairly, by reviewing the policies and practices of education institutions, and by helping education institutions comply with federal civil-rights requirements, the department works for equal access to education. The OCR measures its work by looking at complaint resolution and compliance. Details on the OCR's budget history and the national impact of the department are provided. Examples of how the OCR serves students, such as addressing discrimination on the basis of disability, identifying gifted minority students, and addressing discrimination on the basis of sex, are described. A list of OCR publications is given. (RJM)
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Civil Rights, Compliance (Legal), Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Higher Education, Law Enforcement, Program Descriptions, Student Rights
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office for Civil Rights (ED), Washington, DC.