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Prejudice and Discrimination In Public Schools



Fighting Prejudice in Public Education

      A parent once asked us, "What justice there was for minority children within the settings of public education?"  It brought the question of racial prejudice within our public school systems front and center. 

bullet Is there prejudice in public education?  ... yes.
bullet Are children suffering as a result of decisions made by educators and administrators that protect discriminatory practices and racial prejudices?    ... yes.
bullet  Are racial prejudices tolerated within the student bodies on some public school campuses?   ... yes.
bullet Do educators hold different expectations for minority children?  ... yes.
bullet Are children denied access to advanced or gifted placement classes based on racial biases?  ... yes.
bullet Can the battle against prejudice in public education be successfully fought and won?  ... YES!

     Unfortunately, racial prejudices are as ingrained in American society as apple pie and baseball,  but so is law, integrity, liability, responsibility, and possibility.  The key is learning how to make the law work for you. 

      Federal law prohibits discriminatory practices in our society, and parents of children victimized have protection under law.  The US Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) exist to protect children within the country's educational systems from discriminatory practices (See OCR links below).

     Deciding to fight a school's discriminatory practices, or a single teacher's obvious prejudice is not an easy choice.  Fighting any battle within today's public school systems requires commitment, moral conviction and courage.  This page and it's links are designed to equip parents with the information they need to fight discriminatory battles successfully.  


Office for Civil Rights

(excerpt) OCR enforces several Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the Department of Education. These laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin, sex, disability, and on the basis of age. These laws extend to all state education agencies, elementary and secondary school systems, colleges and universities, vocational schools, proprietary schools, state vocational rehabilitation agencies, libraries, and museums that receive U.S. Department of Education funds. OCR also has responsibilities under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (prohibiting disability discrimination by public entities, whether or not they receive federal financial assistance).

bullet OCR Complaint Process
bullet Sex Discrimination
bullet Race and National Origin Discrimination
bullet Disability Discrimination


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US Dept of Education: 
Office of Civil Rights

US Department of Justice:  
Civil Rights Division

US Department of Health and Human Services:  
Office of Civil Rights

US Commission on Civil Rights

National PTA:
Talking to your Child About Hatred and Prejudice

Bridges for  
 Racial Inequity in Special Education

American Civil Liberties Union:
Racial Equality





























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