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Civil Rights Review of CTE

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

The California Department of Education (CDE) is the state agency responsible for the administration of career and technical education (CTE) civil rights compliance program reviews. The intent is to identify, remedy and prevent discrimination in CTE programs operated by local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving federal financial assistance. The CDE’s Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) is charged with conducting the civil rights reviews (CRR) of CTE, which was launched during the 2011 ̶ 12 school year.

Beginning in 1973, various civil rights advocacy groups, including the Legal Defense Fund of the NAACP, sued the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare (now the Department of Education) on behalf of a plaintiff, alleging that the federal government was not enforcing the federal civil rights laws in education. The Federal District Court of Washington, D.C. settled the case by issuing a consent decree in 1977 which, in part, required the Federal Office for Civil Rights (part of the U.S. Department of Education) to prepare Guidelines for Eliminating Discrimination and Denial of Services on the Basis of Race, Color, National Origin, Sex and Handicap in CTE programs. These Guidelines require the CDE to monitor subrecipients for civil rights compliance in vocational education programs.

It is important to note that the 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 Office for Civil Rights, Washington, D.C., oversees the civil rights monitoring by the OEO under the CRR process.

Reviews

CTE 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, California English Language Development Test (CELDT) data, and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) data.

LEAs Selected for Reviews

2013-14 Schedule for Civil Rights Review of CTE (PDF; Posted 30-Sept-2013)
This is the list of LEAs and site(s) by region selected for a Civil Rights Review of CTE.

2012-13 Schedule for Civil Rights Review of CTE (PDF; Posted 21-Nov-2013)
This is the list of LEAs and site(s) by region selected for a Civil Rights Review of CTE.

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 17-Dec-2013)
LEAs receiving a Civil Rights Review of CTE must e-mail this completed form to OEOCTE@cde.ca.gov .

Training

CTE Education Reviews (PDF; Posted 08-Nov-2013)
This presentation provides an overview of the Civil Rights, Career Technical Educational on-site review process.

Program Instrument

2013-14 Civil Rights CTE Program Instrument (PDF; Dated 28-Aug-2013)
The Civil Rights Review of CTE 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.

2012-13 Civil Rights CTE Program Instrument (PDF; Posted 21-Nov-2013)
The Civil Rights Review of CTE 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 of CTE to monitor LEAs.

Correspondence

2013-14 Notification of LEAs Selected for Civil Rights Review of CTE (Dated 23-Jul-2013)
July 23, 2013: Letter to Select District and County Superintedents and Charter School Administrators responsible for the admininstration of career and technical education (CTE) civil rights compliance program reviews.

2012-13 Notification of LEAs Selected for Civil Rights Review of CTE (Dated 15-Aug-2012)
August 10, 2012: Letter to Select District and County Superintendents and Charter School Administrators responsible for the administration of career and technical education (CTE) civil rights compliance program reviews.

 

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