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July 2, 2012

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Anniversary of The Civil Rights Act of 1964

"Forty-eight years ago today, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act states, 'No person in the United States shall, on the basis of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.'

January 19, 2012

Department of Education Issues ADA Amendments Act Dear Colleague Letter to Provide Guidance Under Amended Legal Standards

The Department of Education's (Department) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today issued a Dear Colleague letter concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (Amendments Act).

June 30, 2011

New Data from the U.S. Department of Education 2009-10 Civil Rights Data Collection Show Continuing Disparities in Educational Opportunities and Resources

Today, the U.S. Department of Education released data that cast much-needed light on disparities in educational resources and opportunities for students across the country. These data provide policymakers, educators and parents with critical information that will aid them in identifying inequities and targeting solutions to close the persistent educational achievement gap in America.

March 21, 2011

Civil Rights Assistant Secretary to Address American Association of State Colleges and Universities Conference

Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights will discuss guidance that her office issued last October on the topic of bullying prevention in education.

August 16, 2010

U.S. Department of Education Continues Work after First-Ever Federal Summit on Bullying

Though the first-ever federal National Summit on Bullying may be over, the real work continues.

July 28, 2010

Duncan Highlights Education Department's Civil Rights Agenda

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced he would form a bipartisan commission to examine educational equity and promised to pursue federal policies that would advance equity in the nation's K-12 schools.

April 20, 2010

Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the Death of Dr. Dorothy Height

Following is a statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the death of Dr. Dorothy Height:

March 16, 2010

Office for Civil Rights Revamps Civil Rights Data Collection, Unveils New Web Site for Survey Data

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced today that it will begin collecting new data to measure whether all students have equal educational opportunity and to inform its enforcement of federal civil rights laws.

March 10, 2010

U.S. Education Department Announces Civil Rights Review of English Learner Students In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Two days after Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced plans to step up enforcement of civil rights law on behalf of students in a speech in Selma, Ala., the U.S. Department of Education announced its first formal civil rights enforcement action.

March 8, 2010

Secretary Duncan to Outline Education Equity Agenda at Selma Commemoration of Historic March

SELMA, Ala. -- In a major speech at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today will address the challenges of ensuring equity, equal educational opportunity and access before a group of students, community leaders and elected officials.

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