August 10, 2012
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 civil rights review of career and technical education (CTE) programs in October 2012. 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 of 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 2012 and April 2013. Every LEA must complete the General Information Form and e-mail it to OEO Office at OEOCTE @cde.ca.gov by August 24, 2012. This form is attached. Following the receipt of the General Information Form, OEO staff will be in contact with your designated staff to schedule and 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). A tentative review schedule of dates for selected LEAs is available on the Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/cr/cterights.asp.
The California Civil Rights Compliance Review Instrument is designed to assist with the preparation for your review. It is to be used as a resource in assembling appropriate documentation, indicating compliance with each of the CTE requirements. This document is available on the CDE Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/cr/cterights.asp. The California Civil Rights Compliance Review Instrument will serve as the program instrument for reviews.
Following the on-site review, a Letter of Findings (LOF) will be issued within 30 calendar days. LEAs with areas of noncompliance are required to complete a Voluntary Compliance Plan (VCP) within 60 calendar days following the LOF date. For additional information and resources, please visit the CDE Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/cr/cterights.asp. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity by phone at 916-445-9174 or by e-mail at OEOCTE@cde.ca.gov.
Sharon Felix-Rochon, Director
Office of Equal Opportunity