New Guidance on Federal Resource Comparability
The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has released guidance in the form of a Dear Colleague Letter to ensure that students have equal access to educational resources. The guidance provides detailed and concrete information to educators on the standards established by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The guidance is one part of President Obama’s larger equity agenda and takes into account the ongoing efforts of states, school districts, and schools to improve equity. All students—regardless of race, color, national origin, or zip code—deserve a high-quality education that includes resources such as academic and extracurricular programs, strong teaching, technology and instructional materials, and safe school facilities.
The guidance is directed to all federal fund recipients that oversee or operate elementary and secondary education programs, including state and local superintendents, school board members, principals, and other education officials. It will help educators, parents, students, and advocates understand how OCR addresses resource equity in our nation’s schools. This current guidance builds upon the resource equity guidance issued by the Department in 2001.
The Department has also provided additional resources and materials to help educators ensure comparability.
- To read the new Dear Colleague Letter and related materials (including a Resource Equity Fact Sheet, today’s press release, and a list of available technical assistance), please click here.
- La página de datos sobre recursos de equidad y el comunicado de prensa están disponibles en español aqui.
The Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd is available to provide technical assistance to districts and schools to address and ensure equity of resource distribution for all students. Click here for more information.
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Entering Our 4th Year of Service!
We are pleased to announce that the EAC Region IX will enter its fourth year of service beginning October 1, 2014. The U.S. Secretary of Education has extended the project period for the current Equity Assistance Centers for up to 24 months (through FY2015 and possibly FY2016). This waiver and project extension will allow the current EAC grantees to continue providing high-quality services without interruption.
We want to thank all of you who submitted comments to the Secretary supporting the extension for the EACs. We look forward to continuing our work in Arizona, California, and Nevada, and helping you ensure that equitable education opportunities are available and accessible for all children.