Title VI Developments & Activities

Title VI Developments & Activities

 

ED and DOJ Release Guidance Concerning Schools’ Obligations to Ensure English Learner Students Have Equal Access to High-Quality Education:

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released joint guidance on January 7, 2015, reminding states, school districts, and schools of their obligations under federal law to ensure that English learner (EL) students have equal access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to achieve their full academic potential. The guidance (also available in Spanish, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog), two fact sheets (also available in Spanish, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Cambodian, Hmong, Korean, Laotian, Russian, Vietnamese, and Tagalog), and other resources are available on OCR’s EL Students and LEP Parents homepage and at go.usa.gov/3Zjpw. The Department of Education also released a new feature within the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) that allows users to pull detailed information on EL students by school and school district from any 2011-12 CRDC report. The CRDC is available at http://ocrdata.ed.gov/.

 

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Language Access Training Videos Launched:

On April 23, the Federally Conducted Committee of the Interagency Working Group on Limited English Proficiency (LEP) launched a language access video training series for federal employees. The Department of Justice organized the launch event on behalf of the IWG. The videos, which will be posted on LEP.gov, highlight the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division and the Chief of Staff of the Social Security Administration keynoted the event and the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders provided comments. Speakers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Community Relations Service, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties provided guidance on using the materials. Among the attendees are the Chief Learning Officers of several agencies. The videos, which will be posted on LEP.gov, provide a variety of useful tips and tools for working with LEP individuals. Recipients of federal financial assistance should consider incorporating the information found in these videos to enhance their efforts, as required by Title VI, to ensure meaningful access by limited English proficient populations.

 

DOJ Leads Panel at 2015 National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program:

On March 12, the Department of Justice led a roundtable discussion at the National Environmental Justice Conference and Training Program focused on stakeholder engagement with federal civil rights offices to improve enforcement of Title VI in environmental justice matters. Panelists included representatives from the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, Earthjustice, and other advocacy organizations.

 

DOJ Launches Federal Webinar Training on Title VI Enforcement and Compliance:

On February 24, the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, presented a Title VI Foundational Webinar Training for over 200 federal civil rights employees from 15 different agencies across the federal government. Attendees included staff in Washington and regional offices around the country. This training was part of the government-wide coordination initiative announced by the Acting Assistant Attorney General in her July 24, 2014 memorandum to Title VI federal civil rights staff, acknowledging the 50th anniversary of Title VI. This foundational training will be followed by more advanced trainings on complex issues in Title VI jurisprudence and enforcement.

 

DOJ Provides Technical Assistance to Hawai'i Police:

In March, 2015, staff from the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division travelled to Hawai’i to train local police and public safety officers from several islands on Title VI and language access. Participants in the training learned about working with limited English proficient individuals, using telephone interpretation services, and translating vital documents. The technical assistance provided by DOJ is available to other federal funding recipients on request.