AGENCY TITLE VI AGREEMENTS, SETTLEMENTS AND FINDINGS

AGENCY TITLE VI AGREEMENTS, SETTLEMENTS AND FINDINGS

 

ED-OCR Addresses Disparities in Minority Educational Opportunities with Resolution Agreement:

On August 18, 2014, OCR issued a Resolution Letter formally accepting the Resolution Agreement signed by the School District to resolve a Title VI compliance review assessing whether the Lynchburg City School Division discriminates against black students by failing to provide them with the same resources and educational opportunities that it provides to white students to prepare them for postsecondary education and/or careers.

 

Letter: http://go.usa.gov/wgTA

Agreement: http://go.usa.gov/wgTJ

 

Findings of Title VI Noncompliance in Advanced Placement and Gifted and Talented Programs Results in Resolution Agreement:

On July 24, 2014, OCR issued a Letter of Findings (LOF) to close the investigative phase of its compliance review of the Elk Grove Unified School District, CA, after obtaining a signed Resolution Agreement to address OCR’ s finding of noncompliance. The LOF explained OCR’s findings of noncompliance under Title VI, based on disparate impact on the basis of race with respect to access to the District’s Gifted and Talented Education program (GATE) and honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The Elk Grove Unified School District is the fifth largest school district in California, serving over 60,000 students at 64 schools. The district also serves the fifth largest black student population in California, with over 9,000 black students.

 

Letter: http://go.usa.gov/wgjH

Agreement: http://go.usa.gov/wgjh

 

Resolution Agreement Provides LEP Families with Improved Access to Orleans Parish Schools:

On July 23, 2014, OCR issued a Resolution Letter formally accepting the Resolution Agreement signed by the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) in order to resolve a complaint alleging that OPSB discriminates against limited English proficient (LEP) parents, specifically, Vietnamese and Spanish speakers whose children attend Einstein Charter School, Einstein Charter Extension and Benjamin Franklin High School, on the basis of their national origin, by failing to: translate important documents and notices pertaining to students’ education and safety into LEP parents’ native languages; and provide qualified interpreters to LEP parents during school events, teacher conferences, and at school front offices.

 

Letter: http://go.usa.gov/wgBe

Agreement: http://go.usa.gov/wgKx

 

Resolution Agreement Ensures LEP Families Are Provided Robust Protections from National Origin Discrimination:

On July 9, 2014, the Departments of Education and Justice issued a Resolution Letter accepting a comprehensive Resolution Agreement with the Jefferson Parish Public School System (District) to resolve complaints alleging that: the District’s policies and practices regarding the documentation needed for student registration, enrollment, and graduation discriminated against national origin minority students; the District does not provide national origin-minority parents with limited English proficiency the information provided to other parents in a language they understand; and that the District failed to take prompt and effective action to respond to harassing conduct creating a hostile environment for Latino students based on national origin, of which the District knew or should have known.

 

Letter: http://go.usa.gov/wgKj

Agreement: http://go.usa.gov/wgK5

En Español: http://go.usa.gov/wgKV

 

ED-OCR Resolves Complaint Alleging Hostile Work Environment for Hispanic Staff and Students:

On April 25, 2014, OCR resolved a Title VI complaint alleging the Adams County 14 School District (District) is a hostile environment for Hispanic staff and students. The complaint further alleged that the District fails to communicate effectively in a language and manner that with parents who are limited English proficient (LEP) can understand. OCR’s investigation found: that a hostile environment existed for Hispanic staff and students; that the District administration and school board had notice of the hostile environment; and that the District administration and school board failed to take action to eliminate and remedy the hostile environment. Additionally, OCR found that the District does not effectively communicate with LEP parents in a language and manner that they understand.

 

Letter: http://go.usa.gov/wgk4

Agreement: http://go.usa.gov/wgkP

 

Department of Justice and New Jersey Department of Corrections Enter Into Agreement to Improve Language Assistance Services for Limited English Proficient Inmates: 

The Federal Coordination and Compliance Section of the Civil Rights Division has reached an agreement with the New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC) to resolve allegations that the NJDOC denied or inadequately provided medical and mental health services, disciplinary and other administrative hearings, education classes and treatment programs to limited English proficient inmates.  The memorandum of agreement memorializes, and incorporates by reference, the language access policies and procedures NJDOC has implemented. 

Agreement: http://go.usa.gov/fKS5

 

 

HHS-OCR Reaches Agreement with Hurley Medical Center over Discrimination in the Reassignment of Medical Professionals Based on Patient Preference:

The HHS Office for Civil Rights reached an agreement with Hurley Medical Center, a public safety net hospital, to resolve allegations that Hurley assigned a nurse based on the racial preference of a patient. The agreement establishes that the assignment of hospital staff on the basis of discriminatory preferences by patients violates Title VI.

 

Agreement: http://go.usa.gov/wg8d

HHS-OCR Reaches Agreement with Mee Memorial Hospital to Expand Language Services to Include Indigenous Language Speakers:

The HHS Office for Civil Rights reached an agreement with Mee Memorial Hospital to expand and improve access to LEP individuals, including indigenous language speakers. The agreement sets forth remedial steps that Mee Memorial Hospital will take to ensure meaningful access to its programs, services and activities for LEP individuals. 

 

Agreement: http://go.usa.gov/wg8F