Educational Equity provides K-12 public school system support to families, districts, and charter schools regarding issues surrounding civil right compliance in accordance with the United States Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) regulations which prohibits:
The Utah State Board of Education's (USBE's) first imperative regarding educational excellence for each student state will:
Currently, there is a task force working to build a culturally responsive model districts and charter schools will be able to implement in areas of instruction, policy regarding access to high quality instruction, discipline in reference to disproportionality rates among student of color, and school safety.
When precedent-setting cases in the courts clarify specific elements of application of the law, the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) utilizes Dear Colleague Letters (DCL) and accompanying supplementary materials to help ensure that the general public understands how the decisions apply to schools, districts, and educational institution of higher learning.
Withdrawn: Refer to 2017 Transgender Students DCL.
Guidance Issued on Responsibilities of Schools to Address Sexual Violence, Other Forms of Sex Discrimination
Guidance withdrawn and updated 9/22/2017
Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) collects nationwide data on leading civil rights indicators related to access and barriers to educational opportunity at early childhood through grade 12 levels. This is a monitoring strategy used by the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to ensure that schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, and disability.
The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) provides disaggregated data by race and ethnicity in reference to public school enrollment, graduation rates (longitudinal), the top four languages spoken in the home, and 1 ,2, 4+, degrees awarded by the Utah Systems of Higher Education.
CRDC Data Snapshot School Discipline
Highlights of school discipline, restraint, and seclusion by race, ethnicity, gender that reveal disproportionately high suspension/expulsion rates for students of color, students with disabilities, and English Learners.
CRDC Frequently Asked Questions
Every other year, public schools are required to submit data to the CRDC. The last report submitted by districts/charter schools to CRDC was 2015-2016. This has been an on-going requirement since 1968.
Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the United States Department of Education. “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States…shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits or, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal Financial assistance …”
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states: No person in the Unites States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Protections include providing equity in educational opportunities for minority students as well as for students who have limited proficiency in English.
Submit Complaint | Office for Civil Rights Complaint Processing Procedures
United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights
Guidance to Ensure English Learner Students Have Equal Access to a High-Quality Education (2015):
Guidance for School Districts to Ensure Equal Access for All Children to Public Schools Regardless of Immigration Status (2014)
Guidance on the prohibition against retaliation under Federal civil rights laws (2013)
Ethnic Community-Based Lists
American Indian/Alaska Native Scholarships (May include scholarships for Native Hawaiians)
The Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Schools may not retaliate against any person for opposing an unlawful educational practice or policy, or made charges, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title IX. All districts and charter schools must have a designated Title IX coordinator with their contact information prominently posted in visible areas of the schools, including handbooks, and on the school's website to ensure protections to students who are being discriminated based on their sex.
Title IX Resources Support K-12 Schools Blog
EduRisk by United Education
Deferred Action for Undocumented Youth (2012)
Teacher they called me a ...!: Confronting Prejudice and Discrimination in the Classroom
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InSync Interpreters, LLC
9149 South Monroe Street, Suite C
Sandy, Utah 84070
Phone: (801) 838-8100 | Toll-Free: (866) 501-2002 | Fax: (800) 755-8357 | E-mail
Catholic Community Services of Utah
Phone: (801) 428-1229 | E-mail
Refugee and Immigrant Center Asian Association of Utah (AAU) Interpreting & Translation Services
Phone: (801) 990-9449 | E-mail
Effective dates: 08/01/2015 through 07/30/2020
Apostille or Non-Apostille Seals
Notary Division of the Governor’s Office
Utah State Capital Complex, Suite 220
PO Box 142325
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114
Phone: (801) 538-1041
Monday through Thursday
Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Processing and authentication of documents stop at 5:30 p.m.
Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
Region VIII (Denver Office)
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Cesar East Chavez Memorial Building
1244 Speer Boulevard, Suite 310
Denver, Colorado 80204-3582
Phone: (303) 844-5695 | Fax: (303) 844-4303 | TDD: (877) 521-2172
American College Test (ACT):
Center for Multicultural Health:
Education and Outreach
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
Feminist Majority Foundation
Living Traditions Festival
Salt Lake City Arts Council
Multiculturalism and Storytelling
Center for Documentary Expression and Art
National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
aha! Process, Inc.
Refugee and Immigration Center
Asian Association of Utah
United States Department of Health and Human Services
Southern Poverty Law Center
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