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If you are seeking information about specific school-related discriminations issues, the WDE encourages you to first contact your local school district. School district personnel assigned to receive inquiries, complaints and provide information may include:
- Title IX and Tile VI Compliance Officer
- Section 504/ADA Coordinator (issues related to disabilities)
Methods of Administration for Civil Rights Monitoring
The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), requires the Wyoming Department of Education to conduct site visits as part of its Vocational Education Methods of Administration civil rights compliance of districts that receive federal funding. On-site reviews are based on U.S. Department of Education regulations implementing Title VI (34 CFR, Part 100), Title IX (34 CFR, Part 106), Section 504 (34 CFR, Part 104), and the Department of Justice regulations implementing Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (28 CFR, Part 35), as well as the Guidelines for Eliminating Discrimination and Denial of Services on the Basis of Race, Color, National Origin, Sex and Disability in Vocational Education Programs (34 CFR, Part 100, Appendix B).
The purpose of onsite reviews is to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the selected districts’ CTE programs, as well as all facilities housing CTE programs or used by CTE-enrolled students to ensure compliance with the following Federal Civil Rights authorities and regulations. Federal law requires that all school districts receiving funding support from the U.S. Education Department, and providing CTE programs shall comply with:
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, and national origin) 34 CFR Part 100
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (prohibiting discrimination based on gender) 34 CFR Part 106
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (prohibiting discrimination based on disability) 34 CFR Part 104
- Education Program Guidelines for Eliminating Discrimination and Denial of Services on the Basis of Race, Color, National Origin, Sex and Handicap, published in the Federal Register March 21, 1979 (Guidelines).
U.S. Department of Justice regulations implementing:
Civil Rights Onsite Reviews
The onsite procedure will include:
- An entrance interview with the director of career and technical education and any staff the superintendent may choose.
- Onsite interviews with CTE instructors, school district and college staff, counselors, students and other individuals as appropriate.
- Review and assessment of facilities.
- An exit meeting, including discussion of findings, analysis of documents and next steps.
In preparation for an onsite visit, please carefully review the information regarding Preparation for Civil Rights Onsite Review and the WDE Methods of Administration Onsite Review Checklist, which can be found below. These materials provide a self-assessment process that will enable your school district to prepare for the onsite review, to understand Civil Rights compliance obligations, and to improve CTE programs for all students. These and other resources are listed below:
- Civil Rights Compliance Secondary On-Site Review Checklist
- Civil Rights Compliance Post-Secondary On-Site Review Checklist
- WDE Voluntary Compliance Plan (Sample) – PDF
- WDE Voluntary Compliance Plan – Word Document
- 2010 ADA Standards – Compliance Standards for all construction or facility modifications, effective March 15, 2012
- Accessibility Standards Timeline
Annual Notice of Nondiscrimination
In compliance with federal guidelines, prior to the beginning of each school year, recipients of federal career and technical (vocational) funds must advise students, parents, employees, and the general public that all career and technical educational opportunities will be offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, or disability.
Continuous Notice of Nondiscrimination
In addition to the Annual Notice of Nondiscrimination, districts and schools are required to publish a notice of nondiscrimination on a continuing basis and in a variety of locations. Some of the places would be in postings of notices, newspapers and magazines, applications for admission and employment, recruitment materials, announcements, bulletins, catalogs and websites. A more thorough explanation of these requirements including an example of a Continuous Notice of Nondiscrimination can be found in useful links and documents.
- Dear Colleague Letters / Publications – General / Guidance
- Dear Colleague Letter on Gender Equity in CTE (June 15, 2016)