Partnerships and Parental Empowerment
OCR recognizes that federal, state, and local education agencies, as well as parents and other interested parties, share a common goal of equal opportunity and access to high quality education. OCR combines its expertise through educational partnerships to prevent civil rights problems and stop illegal discrimination. P artnerships also are proving helpful in arriving at effective solutions, including educationally sound remedies that increase opportunities for all students.
One of OCR's strategic goals is to empower students and parents to solve their own problems of securing equal access to quality education. OCR has encouraged parental involvement in agreements resulting from complaints and compliance reviews. Parental involvement is essential to achieving lasting change by ensuring that positive actions implemented by education institutions continue once OCR is no longer involved.