ERIC Number: ED460437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Office for Civil Rights Fiscal Year 2000 Annual Report to Congress. Guaranteeing Equal Access to High-Standards Education.
Office for Civil Rights (ED), Washington, DC.
The mission of the Office for Civil Rights is to ensure equal access to a high-quality education for all students through the vigorous enforcement of civil rights. This report outlines the legal responsibilities and goals of the organization and shows how these were met in the year 2000. There are explanations of how the agency provides educational policy guidance, how it resolves formal complaints and provides information that can lead to less formal resolutions of problems, how it prioritizes activities, how it measures its productivity, and how it has formed strategies to meet its goals. High-priority activities included racial harassment and discipline issues of Native American students, higher education desegregation, magnet-school assistance programs, equal opportunity in vocational education, and a postsecondary racial harassment initiative. In addition, an urban initiative addressed civil rights for students in large East Coast cities, a civil-rights survey of all public elementary and secondary schools collected data, and a new and simpler option offered states a way of sending data on students with disabilities in a single data submission. A new strategy has been the promotion of a more collaborative process, forming partnerships with agencies, parents, students, and business leaders. Another new strategy has been the empowerment of parents through information about civil-rights legislation and about ways to address problems effectively, but informally. Emphasis also has been placed on the monitoring of resolution agreements to make sure that change has occurred. Specific examples of how particular students and employees have benefited from OCR help are given throughout the report, which reveal the human dimension of discrimination. An appendix lists addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of the 12 regional offices. (RKJ)
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Equal Protection, Government Publications, Legislation, Minority Groups, Racial Integration, Social Discrimination
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202. Tel: 800-421-3481 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office for Civil Rights (ED), Washington, DC.