Program Service is under the direction of a Deputy General Counsel who reports directly to the General Counsel. The Deputy General Counsel supervises and coordinates the work of two divisions, each headed by an Assistant General Counsel and Deputy Assistant General Counsel.
The Educational Equity Division provides legal assistance to the Secretary in connection with the civil rights enforcement activities of the Department pertaining to race, national origin, sex, disability, and age discrimination. The Division provides legal assistance to Department officials in connection with the administration of equal educational opportunity programs, including those related to the provision of educational and other services to persons with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This Division also provides legal assistance for programs of educational research and improvement and programs for limited English proficiency students to increase their English fluency.
The Elementary, Secondary, Adult, and Vocational Education Division provides legal services and advice relating to the Department’s elementary, secondary, adult and vocational education programs, including most of the programs authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, and the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act as well as programs authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, such as the Race to the Top programs and the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund.