August 14, 2015
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
Annual Notification of Nondiscrimination in Career and Technical Education
for Civil Rights (OCR) of the United States Department of Education requires that districts, including
charter schools, provide career and technical education (CTE) programs,
services, and activities in accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the
Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section
504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and
Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The Texas Education
Agency (TEA) has regulatory responsibilities for CTE programs in Texas public
secondary schools and is required to adopt a civil rights compliance program to identify, remedy,
and/or prevent discrimination in the CTE programs operated by districts.
for compliance are found in the document, Guidelines for
Eliminating Discrimination and Denial of Services on the Basis of Race, Color,
National Origin, Sex, and
Handicap in Vocational Education Programs (Guidelines). A link to the full text
can be found at the CTE Methods of Administration (MOA) webpage, which is
located on the Program Monitoring and Interventions website at: http://tea.texas.gov/pmi/CTEMOAmonitoring/.
One important requirement of the Guidelines is that, prior to the beginning of each school year, every district
providing CTE programs must advise students,
parents, employees, and the general public that all career and technical
education opportunities will be offered without regard to race, color, national
origin, sex, or disability. Local
newspapers, websites, or other media that reach the general public must be
utilized to disseminate the required notification. Information regarding this
requirement can be found in Section IV - O of the Guidelines under Public Notification.
and Spanish version of a sample public notification form, which includes all
required elements for complying with this requirement, may be downloaded from
the MOA Guidance and Resources webpage at:
http://tea.texas.gov/index2.aspx?id=2147495647&menu_id=2147483703. Please note, the Guidelines state that
if the district “contains a community of national minority persons with limited
English language skills, public notification materials must be disseminated to
that community in its language and must state that the district will take steps
to assure that the lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to
admission and participation in vocational education programs.” Therefore, if
your district contains communities who speak languages other than English or
Spanish, it also will be necessary for the district to prepare and disseminate
the required notice in those languages.
staff will provide support to districts in complying with the requirement to
eliminate discrimination in CTE programs.
If additional information is needed, please contact the Program
Monitoring and Interventions Division by phone at (512) 463-5226 or by e-mail
Michael Greenwalt, Ed. D.
Program Monitoring and Interventions