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Both federal and state laws require that there be no discrimination in educational programs or in school hiring practices on the basis of race, national origin, color, religion, creed, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and marital status. Districts are required to implement multicultural, gender-fair approaches to the entire educational program. The Department of Education has the legal responsibility to monitor compliance with these equity-related requirements in school districts receiving federal and state funding. The Equity Review Process is one way the Department carries out this responsibility.

Required Components of Affirmative Action Plans for Employment

2013-2014 Conversation Starters for Public Districts

2013-2014 Document Review Checklist and Non-Regulatory Guidance for School Districts

2013-2014 Overview Presentation Guidelines for Site Visits

2013-2014 Sample School Improvement Visit Schedules

Chapter 12 Matrix

ADA Facility Checklist Template 2013-2014

ADA Stadiums

2013-2014 Educational Equity Review On-Site Manual

2013-2014 Document Review Checklist - Equity

2013-2014 Site Visit Training Presentation With Equity Handout

Summary of Equity Issues 2013-2014

Role and Function of Equity Coordinator 2013-2014

Multicultural Gender-Fair Education 2013-2014

2013-2014 Protected Class Chart

OCR Targeting Plan 2013-2015

Equity Data Table 2013-2014 Workbook

Iowa Educational Equity Review Process 2013-2014

Sample Voluntary Compliance Plan - Appendix A


Office of Civil Rights - Dear Colleague Letters

“The mission of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.”

Periodically, OCR publicizes a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) to provide guidance relative to various civil rights laws and implications for federally-funded educational institutions. The following DCLs contain critical information related to several important issues, such as harassment based on disability, sex, race or national origin. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights webpage.

2013-08-20 DCL: Bullying and FAPE

2013-01-25 DCL: Extracurricular Activities and Disabilities

2012-12-07 DCL: Peer Racial Harassment; School Liability

2011-05-06 DCL: Student Enrollment Practices

2011-04-04 DCL: Sexual Violence

2010-10-26 DCL: Harassment and Bullying

2000-07-25 DCL: Prohibited Disability Harassment






Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 21, 2014 at 11:45am.