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Civil Rights Review

The Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) ensures compliance with state and federal civil rights laws, and regulations in the delivery of education services.

General Information

Local educational agencies (LEAs) that offer or administer Career Technical Education (CTE) must meet certain civil rights requirements. The California Department of Education (CDE) has the regulatory responsibility to ensure that all students have access to CTE programs in the California public secondary schools. The CDE is required to adopt a civil rights compliance program to identify, remedy, and/or prevent discrimination in CTE programs offered or administered by LEAs. Parallel citations of state civil rights laws and regulations have been provided to ensure that all students have access to the programs. It is important to note that the Civil Rights Review (CRR) process is separate from the Carl D. Perkins CTE Improvement Act, which involves on-site CTE reviews coordinated by the CDE Federal Program Monitoring Office. The CRR process is coordinated by the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO). The CDE’s OEO is charged with conducting the civil rights reviews. The authority to conduct civil rights reviews is found in:

Reviews

CRR Selection Criteria

Federal law requires the CDE to conduct on-site reviews of 2.5 percent of the subrecipients offering CTE programs, or a maximum of 25 schools sites each year along with a district level review. The CDE develops a target plan to identify federally funded schools with CTE programs that might benefit from an on-site review. In applying the target plan, comparisons by race, sex, and disability status are made between the school’s general student population and the school’s CTE student population. These figures determine the percentage of variance among the groups. Other optional criteria may be used for further assessments, such as API Growth.

LEAs Selected for Reviews

2015-16 Schedule for Civil Rights Review
This is the list of LEAs and site(s) by region selected for a Civil Rights Review.

LEA General Information Form

Each LEA selected for a review must complete the LEA General information form. The form allows the CDE to consider special factors associated with the LEA when scheduling the review.

LEA General Information Form (DOC; Updated 22-Jun-2015)
LEAs receiving a Civil Rights Review must e-mail this completed form to oeocte@cde.ca.gov.

Training

2014-15 CAIS Overview for Monitoring Reviews Webinar External link opens in new window or tab.
Presentation materials from the CAIS Overview training on July 23, 2014.
Transcript of the 2014-15 CAIS Overview for Monitoring Reviews Webinar

Civil Rights Reviews (PDF; Recertified 10-Oct-2014)
This presentation provides an overview of the Civil Rights, Career Technical Educational on-site review process.

Program Instrument

2014-15 Civil Rights Program Instrument (PDF; Posted 11-Sept-2014)
The Civil Rights Review contains specific federal legal requirements that will be tested during the monitoring process. The instrument provides examples of evidence that may be used to demonstrate compliance.

2013-14 Civil Rights Program Instrument (PDF; Posted 08-Sept-2014)
The Civil Rights Review contains specific federal legal requirements that will be tested during the monitoring process. The instrument provides examples of evidence that may be used to demonstrate compliance.

California Accountability and Improvement System (CAIS)

CAIS is a Web-based system which allows the monitoring of local educational agencies (LEAs) to ensure that they meet fiscal and program requirements of federal categorical programs and State funding they receive. CAIS will be used in the Civil Rights Review to monitor LEAs.

Correspondence

2015-16 Notification of LEAs Selection for Civil Rights Review (Dated 12-Jun-2015)
This is a merge letter containing unpopulated fields sent to Select District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators for civil rights compliance program reviews. To request a copy of the letter with populated fields, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity.

2014-15 Notification of LEAs Selection for Civil Rights Review (Dated 20-Jun-2014)
June 20, 2014: Letter to Select District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators for civil rights compliance program reviews. Note: Webinar information that follows is no longer valid.

 

Questions:   Office of Equal Opportunity | oeocte@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-9174