Fifty years ago, in its landmark decision in Brown v. Board of
Education, the Supreme Court held that the intentional segregation of
students on the basis of race in public schools violates the Fourteenth
Amendment to the U. S. Constitution. Subsequent federal legislation and
court decisions also mandate that school officials not discriminate against
students on the basis of sex, national origin, language barrier, religion,
or disabilities. The Educational Opportunities Section enforces these statutes
and court decisions in a diverse array of cases involving elementary and
secondary schools and institutions of higher education.
Specifically, the Section can directly enforce Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 (EEOA), and Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Upon referral from other government agencies, the Section also can enforce other statutes such as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The Section may intervene in private suits alleging violations of education-related anti-discrimination statutes and the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. The Section also represents the Department of Education in lawsuits.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The Justice Department reached a settlement agreement with DeKalb County, Ga., school district to resolve an investigation into allegations of religious and national origin harassment of a Sikh student.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
A federal court in Denver approved a comprehensive consent decree between the Department of Justice, the Congress of Hispanic Educators (CHE), and the Denver Public Schools.
Friday, March 22, 2013
The Justice Department has filed a landmark consent decree to prevent and address racial discrimination in student discipline in district schools.
Review the Department of Justice's and Department of Education's jointly-issued guidance.
Dear Colleague Letter on the Rights of All Children to Enroll in Public Schools
The Civil Rights Division is committed to working to end bullying, harassment, and discrimination in schools against all students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) students. We enforce federal laws that protect all students from discrimination and harassment at school because of their race, sex, national origin, disability, or religion.
On January 14, 2010, in the Northern District of New York, the Section moved to intervene in J.L. v. Mohawk Central School District.
A federal court has ordered the Walthall County, Miss., School District to eliminate policies that have resulted in significant racial segregation among students in the school district, the Justice Department today announced.