Education – Department of Education’s Civil Rights Office Releases Report on Equity

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released its annual report on May 4. According to the report, Delivering Justice, the agency received a record number of complaints last year over 10,000, nearly double the number the number it received a decade ago. Almost half (46%) of all complaints last year alleged discrimination against students with disabilities, with the most common complaint  involving these students being not receiving a free appropriate public education (FAPE). The greatest increases in types of complaints were related to the restraint and isolation of students with disabilities; racial harassment; inadequate support for students learning English, and sexual violence. The report says complaints about the alleged restraining or isolating of those students have increased 58% since 2014. Notable cases are profiled in the report, including some related to accessible technology for students with disabilities. OCR opened more than 3,000 investigations last year and reached more than 1,000 resolutions.

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