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Policy Update on Schools' Obligations Toward National Origin Minority Students With Limited-English Proficiency (LEP students) (Nov 04, 2003)
This September 27, 1991 policy update is primarily designed for use in conducting compliance reviews designed to determine whether schools are complying with their obligation under the regulation implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to provide any alternative language programs necessary to ensure that LEP students have meaningful access to the schools' programs.
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DHEW Memo Regarding Language Minority Children (Nov 04, 2003)
This May 25, 1970 Memorandum establishes policy on issues concerning the responsibility of school districts to provide equal educational opportunity to national origin minority group children deficient in English language skills.
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OCR Policy Regarding the Treatment of National Origin Minority Students Who Are Limited English Proficient (Nov 04, 2003)
This December 3, 1985 policy memorandum, reissued April 6, 1990, provides a description of the procedures followed by OCR in making determinations of compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as regards the treatment of national origin minority students with limited-English proficiency (language minority students) enrolled in educational programs that receive Federal financial assistance from the Department of Education.
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Secretary Paige Letter re: Harassment Against Muslim and Arab Students (Nov 21, 2001)
"Dear Colleague" letter from Secretary Paige cautioning recipients of legal responsibilities relative to the harassment of students because of their national origin.
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Revised Sexual Harassment Guidance (Jan 19, 2001)
Revised Sexual harassment of students is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 under the circumstances described in the Guidance.
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The Provision of an Equal Education Opportunity to Limited-English Proficient Students (Jul 25, 2000)
Title VI regulatory requirements have been interpreted to prohibit denial of equal access to education because of a student's limited proficiency in English.
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Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Lead Agency Status for Elementary and Secondary Schools (Jul 25, 2000)
Announcement of Title VI Lead Agency Status for Elementary and Secondary Schools and Institutions of Higher Education.
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Nondiscrimination in Federally Assisted Programs (Jul 25, 2000)
Federal Register Notice, February 23, 1994. Nondiscrimination in Federally Assisted Programs; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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Sexual Harassment Guidance (Jul 25, 2000)
Sexual harassment of students is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 under the circumstances described in the Guidance.
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Sexual Harassment Guidance 1997 (Jul 25, 2000)
Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and its implementing regulations, no individual may be discriminated against on the basis of sex in any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
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Memoranda on Schools' Obligations Toward National Origin Minority Students Who are Limited-English Proficient (LEP) (Jul 25, 2000)
OCR Memoranda on Schools' Obligations Toward National Origin Minority Students Who are Limited-English Proficient (LEP).
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Report on Nonpublic Schools Participating in Federal Programs (Jul 25, 2000)
Report in response to questions concerning the participation by children enrolled in a nonpublic school in federally assisted programs administered by a public school.
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Identification of Discrimination and Denial of Services on the Basis of National Origin (Jul 25, 2000)
Memorandum clarifying policy on issues concerning the responsibility of school districts to provide equal educational opportunity to national origin-minority group children deficient in English language skills.
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Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Higher Education Desegregation (Jul 25, 2000)
This pamphlet provides an overview of the historic role, accomplishments, and challenges which face HBCUs as they carry out their unique mission.
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Nondiscrimination in Employment Practices in Education (Jul 25, 2000)
Nondiscrimination in Employment Practices in Education.
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Impact of the Civil Rights Laws (Jul 25, 2000)
Summary of the impact of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975.
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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (Jul 25, 2000)
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities that are like those provided to individuals on the basis of race, sex, national origin, and religion.
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Free Appropriate Public Education (Jul 25, 2000)
Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Handicap in Programs and Activities Receiving or Benefiting From Federal Financial Assistance; and Assistance to States for Education of Handicapped Children.
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Education and Title VI (Jul 25, 2000)
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects people from discrimination based on race, color or national origin in programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance.
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Letter to Chief State School Officers, Title IX Obligations in Athletics (Jul 25, 2000)
Letter to Chief State School Officers concerning Title IX obligations in athletics, including athletic scholarships; intercollegiate, club, and intramural programs.
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Notice of Application of Supreme Court Decision (Jul 25, 2000)
Notice published in response to a number of questions the Department has received concerning the effect of the United States v. Fordice Supreme Court decision.
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Dear Colleague Letter: Passage of the California Civil Rights Initiative, Proposition 209 (Jul 25, 2000)
Dear Colleague Letter from Education Secretary Riley, re: passage of the California Civil Rights Initiative, Proposition 209.
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Title IX and Sex Discrimination (Aug 13, 1999)
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities which receive Federal financial assistance.
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Title IX and Sex Discrimination (Spanish version) (PDF) (Aug 13, 1999)
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities which receive Federal financial assistance. (PDF)
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Dear Colleague Letter: Bowling Green State University (Jul 23, 1998)
Dear Colleague Letter to Bowling Green State Univerity dated July 23, 1998.
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