Methods of Administration
Districts that offer or administer Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and receive funds from the U.S. Department of Education must meet certain program requirements. The TEA has the regulatory responsibility to ensure that CTE programs in Texas public secondary schools allow equal access to all students. The authority to conduct monitoring activities, formerly known as Program Access Reviews, related to civil rights compliance is found in:
- Guidelines for Eliminating Discrimination and Denial of Services on the Basis of Race, Color, National Origin, Sex, and Handicap in Vocational Education Programs, March 21, 1979 (34 CFR, Part 100, Appendix B) (outside source)
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and implementing regulations (34 CFR, Part 100) which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin (outside source)
- Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the implementation of 28 CFR, Part 35 (outside source)
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the implementation of 34 CFR, Part 106 which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex/gender (outside source)
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and implementing regulations (34 CFR, Part 104) which prohibit discrimination on the basis of handicap (outside source)
Annual Notification of Nondiscrimination
The United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights requires that before the beginning of each school year, every district, including charter schools, providing CTE programs advise students, parents, employees, and the general public that all CTE opportunities will be offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, or disability. Local newspapers or other media that reach the general public must be used to disseminate the required notification. Information regarding this requirement can found in Section IV - O of the Guidelines under Public Notification.
An English and Spanish version of a sample public notification form, which includes all required elements for complying with this requirement, is available for district use on the Methods of Administration Guidance and Resources page.