The vitality and effectiveness of our nation’s civil rights laws depend upon the commitment and strength of the agencies charged with their enforcement. Illinois recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the operations of a local educational agency. Civil Rights Reviews are intended as part of a proactive effort to determine how well operations are being completed on an equal opportunity basis by recipients in compliance with federal civil rights laws, rules and regulations.
Civil Rights Reviews ensure equal access to education and promote educational excellence throughout Illinois. The tools on these two distinct websites are designed to provide technical assistance to constituents who seek to familiarize themselves with federal requirements and best practices for promoting equality within their educational community.
The Guidelines for Eliminating Discrimination and Denial of Services on the Basis of Race, Color, National Origin, Sex, and Handicap in Vocational Education Programs (34 C.F.R. Part 100, Appendix B), require each state agency responsible for the administration of career and technical education programs to conduct compliance reviews of sub-recipients that offer career and technical education programs and that receive federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of the on-site review is to determine the compliance with the Guidelines and the following federal laws and regulations:
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 100, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin;
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 106, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex;
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability; and
- Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and its implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability.
- Community College Self-Assessment Tool
- Secondary Education Self-Assessment Tool
- OCR’s Call To Action: Education Leaders Must Confront and Address Racial Discrimination