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ERIC Number: EJ1204530
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-189X
A Comprehensive and Practical Approach to Policy Guidance: The Office for Civil Rights' Role in Education during the Obama Administration
Lewis, Maria M.; Garces, Liliana M.; Frankenberg, Erica
Educational Researcher, v48 n1 p51-60 Jan-Feb 2019
As the federal entity in charge of enforcing civil rights law, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) plays a critical role in addressing the vast inequities that exist in U.S. education. Through an analysis of the policy guidance OCR issued for a number of areas during the Obama administration, we illustrate the agency's comprehensive and practical approach to helping ensure that young people from different backgrounds have equitable access to education and equitable experiences once enrolled. This review provides the foundation for understanding civil rights enforcement in the current context of inequality; it is particularly timely, as the Trump administration has begun a rollback of existing guidance, which has concerning implications for students' civil rights.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Bakke v Regents of University of California; Gratz et al v Bollinger et al; Grutter et al v Bollinger et al; Title IX Education Amendments 1972; Civil Rights Act 1964; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504); Americans with Disabilities Act 1990