What is the Civil Rights Review?
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 Local Education Authority’s (LEA) 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.
- The Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act, which prohibits discrimination against, any group officially affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, or any other youth group listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society, that wishes to meet at the school.
Civil rights reviews allow the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and LEAs to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout Illinois. The tools on this website are designed to provide technical assistance LEAs who seek to familiarize themselves with federal requirements and best practices for promoting equality within their schools and communities.
Why It Matters
The vitality and effectiveness of our nation’s civil rights laws depend upon the commitment and strength of the agencies charged with their enforcement. ISBE recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the operations of a LEA. As a primary recipient of federal financial assistance ISBE is responsible for civil rights administration and compliance. Civil Rights Reviews, conducted by the ISBE are intended as part of a proactive effort to determine how well school and district operations are being completed on an equal opportunity basis in compliance with Federal civil rights laws, rules, and regulations.
ISBE is mandated by the United Stated Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to conduct annual reviews of a specified number of LEA’s receiving federal Perkins funding. ISBE has the following requirements:
- Monitor sub-recipients for civil rights compliance
- Collect and analyze civil rights info and data
- Conduct periodic compliance reviews
- Provide technical assistance
- Report activities and findings to OCR.
Civil Rights reviews are conducted by a team of ISBE staff and are designed to assist LEAs in familiarizing themselves with federal requirements and meeting the requirements of the civil rights legislation.