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About Civil Rights Compliance

In 1973, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare was sued for its failure to enforce Title VI in a number of education areas, including vocational education (Adams v. Califano).  As a result of this litigation, the Department was directed to enforce civil rights requirements in vocational education programs through compliance reviews.  The Guidelines for Eliminating Discrimination and Denial of Services on the Basis of Race, Color, National Origin, Sex, and Handicap were issued March 15, 1979.  These guidelines explain how civil rights laws and regulations apply to vocational education and the Civil rights responsibilities of recipients of Federal financial assistance offering or administering vocational programs.

The Special Needs section of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education actively supports the mission of the Office for Civil Rights:  "to ensure equal access to a high quality education for all students through the vigorous enforcement of civil rights".  A primary responsibility of the Special Needs section is to conduct Civil Rights Compliance Reviews each year at eight (8) institutions offering or administering vocational programs that receive federal financial assistance.

Civil Rights Compliance Reviews consist of a on-site visit to the institution and interviews with the superintendent, principals, directors, guidance counselors, teachers and students, as well as classroom observation, review of records, policy, and tours of the physical plant and grounds to assess the institution's compliance with federal civil rights statutes.

Federal Compliance Requirements

U.S. Department of Education regulations implementing:

U.S. Department of Justice regulations implementing:

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II), 28 CFR Part 35