Dear Select County and District Superintendent and Charter School Administrators:
The California Department of Education’s Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) will begin conducting the annual career and technical education (CTE) reviews in October 2013. Your local educational agency (LEA) has been selected for an on-site review. The selection of your LEA was based on the results of an analysis comparing CTE enrollment data to the overall enrollment data for the LEA. Enrollments by gender, race, and disability populations were analyzed for disproportions (either over representation or under representation). LEAs showing the greatest overall disproportionate enrollments by gender, race, or disability were selected for this review.
Reviews will occur between October 2013 and May 2014. The schedule of reviews including the school site selection is available on the Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/cr/cterights.asp. Your date of review has been tentatively scheduled [date individualized for each recipent].
The California Civil Rights Compliance Review Instrument will serve as the program instrument in these reviews. It is to be used as a resource in assembling appropriate documentation for each of the requirements. This document is available on the above noted Web page.
Every LEA must complete the General Information Form and e-mail it to the OEO by August 16, 2013. This form is enclosed and is also available on the above noted Web page. Following the receipt of the General Information Form, OEO staff will be in contact with your designated staff (LEA CRR Site Coordinator) to coordinate the review and discuss the preparations for the review, including uploading documents and evidence of compliance into the California Accountability and Improvement System (CAIS). The CAIS system will be utilized for the uploading and assembling of documentation only. Following the on-site review, a Letter of Findings (LOF) will be issued separately by the Office of Equal Opportunity within 30 calendar days. LEAs with areas of non-compliance are required to complete a Voluntary Compliance Plan (VCP) within 60 days following the LOF date.
For further information on the use of the CAIS system, training will be provided via webinar on Thursday, August 8, 2013. [The Webinar is no longer available.]
For information and resources, please visit the Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/cr/cterights.asp. If there are any questions related to the CAIS system, please contact Stacy Savoca by telephone at 916-319-0502 or by e-mail at SSavoca@cde.ca.gov. If you have any questions regarding the CRR CTE instrument or review, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity by telephone at 916-445-9174 or by e-mail at OEOCTE@cde.ca.gov.
Sharon Felix-Rochon, Director
Office of Equal Opportunity