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OCR investigating Louisiana district for alleged racial discrimination

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is looking into a complaint regarding discrimination against African-American students by Lafayette Parish School System (LPSS), says The Advertiser.

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OCR conducting investigation into whether Florida district’s disciplinary practices are racially discriminatory

The Tampa Tribune reports that the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is investigating Hillsborough County school district to determine if the district discriminates against African-American students by subjecting them to harsher discipline than white students and by denying access to experienced teachers for schools serving poorer students. The investigation is the result of a complaint filed by community activist Marilyn Williams, a retired educator who has served on the education committee for the local chapter of the NAACP.

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California school board unanimously approves resolution critical of OCR’s investigative methods

Palo Alto school board members unanimously support a resolution that calls on the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to correct errors in its investigation processes, which the school board believes are “purposely confrontational and disruptive.”

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OCR issues DCL to charter schools on disabled students, ELL, admissions, and discipline

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has issued guidance on charter schools in the form of a “Dear Colleague” letter (DCL).

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ED issues DCL stating that Title IX applies to sexual orientation and gender identity

The federal education department issues a Dear Colleague Letter stating that Title IX applies to sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Colorado’s 2012 school disciplinary reforms ahead of national trend

Colorado enacted a law in 2012 mandating sweeping changes to the way school districts discipline students.

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U.S. Department of Education issues Civil Rights Data Collection report, first since 2000

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has issued its first report in almost 15 years examining civil rights data from public schools nationwide.

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Sua Sponte: OCR’s response to NSBA’s request that it clarify the DCL on athletic opportunities for disabled students

OCR responds to NSBA’s request that it clarify the DCL on athletic opportunities for disabled students.

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COSA to present webinar with OCR Chief regarding new federal guidance on racial discrimination in student discipline

COSA to present webinar with OCR Chief on new federal guidance on racial discrimination in student discipline

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OCR investigating NY district for alleged racial discrimination in assigning students to teachers

The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights has began an investigation of a parent complaint that a New York school district engages in racial discrimination in student classroom assignments.

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