July 30, 2018
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR
SUBJECT: Required Annual
Notification of Nondiscrimination in Career and Technical Education
Office 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 School Improvement website at: http://tea.texas.gov/si/MOA/.
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 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 public may be utilized to disseminate the required notification.
Information regarding this requirement can be found in Section IV - O of the Guidelines
under Public Notification.
English 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/si/MOA/. 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 Gordon Franzen by phone at (512) 463-5226 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
C. Lizette Ridgeway
Director, School Improvement