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USDE: Civil Rights Reviews For 30+ Districts

Is this the much-delayed return of the USDE's Office of Civil Rights Enforcement or just a little distraction to help get us through the day?

Officials Step Up Enforcement of Rights Laws in Education NYT:  As part of that effort, the department intends to open investigations known as compliance reviews in about 32 school districts nationwide, seeking to verify that students of both sexes and all races are getting equal access to college preparatory curriculums and to advanced placement courses. The department plans to open similar civil rights investigations at half a dozen colleges.340x_shortbus

Ed officials to step up civil rights enforcement AP: The federal Department of Education plans to intensify its civil rights enforcement efforts in schools around the country, including a deeper look at issues ranging from programs for immigrant students learning English to equal access to a college preparatory courses....

Duncan will pressure schools to enforce civil rights laws Washington Post: Ali said the department plans to initiate 38 compliance reviews this year. There were 29 initiated last year, she said, and 42 in 2008. But she said the depth of the reviews will be "much greater than in the past."


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Does anyone know what data was selected by the department that informed them of what school distris would be visited? Every year in Florida districts do an equity report that includes some of the items mentioned in the reports. It seems that the department could give us a list of districts and the data that caused them to be reviewed not national statisitics that are to general.

I am anxiously awaiting this announcement. My understanding is that the school-level salary reporting that states did for the first time this year under the Recovery Act is going to become part of the new civil rights data collection. That would really strengthen comparability for Title I. Not only is Russlyn Ali heading that office, but Dianne Piche, the longtime executive director of the Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights, is there now too. Arne does keep saying that education is a civil right...

@edpresssec says 38 districts 40 issues -- i'll try and get more details

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