Educational Equity

Overview

Educational Equity provides K-12 public school system support to families, districts, and charter schools regarding issues surrounding civil right compliance in accordance with the United States Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) regulations which prohibits:

  • discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973)
  • discrimination on the specific basis of sex discrimination (Title IX)
  • discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex discrimination, disability, age or religion (Title VI)

Culturally Responsive Education

The Utah State Board of Education's (USBE's) first imperative regarding educational excellence for each student state will:

  • to set the general statewide conditions in which each student can excel, including equity of educational opportunities and culturally responsive practices to promote each student's academic success and well-being.
  • resources and USBE policies and practices will be aligned to high expectations and successful outcomes for each student.

Currently, there is a task force working to build a culturally responsive model districts and charter schools will be able to implement in areas of instruction, policy regarding access to high quality instruction, discipline in reference to disproportionality rates among student of color, and school safety.

Dear Colleague Letters

When precedent-setting cases in the courts clarify specific elements of application of the law, the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) utilizes Dear Colleague Letters (DCL) and accompanying supplementary materials to help ensure that the general public understands how the decisions apply to schools, districts, and educational institution of higher learning.

Race and Ethnicity Data

Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) collects nationwide data on leading civil rights indicators related to access and barriers to educational opportunity at early childhood through grade 12 levels. This is a monitoring strategy used by The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to ensure that schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, and disability.

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) provides disaggregated data by race and ethnicity in reference to public school enrollment, graduation rates (longitudinal), the top four languages spoken in the home, and 1 ,2, 4+, degrees awarded by the Utah Systems of Higher Education.

Federal

Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding Civil Rights Data Collection 
Every other year, public schools are required to submit data to the CRDC. The last report submitted by districts/charter schools to CRDC was 2015-2016. This has been an on-going requirement since 1968.

Civil Rights Data Collection - Data Snapshot on School Discipline (2014)
Highlights of school discipline, restraint, and seclusion by race, ethnicity, gender that reveal disproportionately high suspension/expulsion rates for students of color, students with disabilities, and English Learners.

Section 504

Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the United States Department of Education. “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States…shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits or, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal Financial assistance …”

Contact Information

What are the Roles and Responsibilities of the Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR)?

Charter Coordinators | District Coordinators

Utah Parent Center
The Utah Parent Center is an advocacy organization of consultants to support parents and guardians of children with disabilities

Educator/Administrator

USBE Section 504 Guidelines for Administrators/Educators (2018)

 504 Checklist for School Review

 The Differences in Legal Rights and Responsibilities in Secondary and Postsecondary Education

Parent/Guardian/Student

 Equal Rights for all Students: A Parent Guide to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (2015)

 Igualdad de Derechos Para Todos Los Estudiantes (2016)

 Checklist: For Preparing a Student with a Disability for a Postsecondary Education or Vocational Training(2015)

 Parent/Guardian/and Student Sample Checklist for Preparing Students with a Disability for Post-Secondary Education/Vocational Training (2015)

 Muestra de Lista de Verificación para Padres/Tutores y Estudiantes para Preparer a un Estudiante con Discapacidad para la Educación Superior/Capacitación Vocacional (2015)

 Transition Timelines: For Students in Grades 9-12 Transitioning from High School to College (2015)

 Transición Cronograma para Estudiantes de los Grados 9 al 12 que Están Haciendo la Transición de la Escuela Preparatoria a la Universidad (2015)

Additional Resources

Sample Policy for Service and Emotional Support Animals at Local Education Agency (LEA) Facilities

Accommodating Disabilities in the School Meal Programs: Guidance and Questions and Answers (April, 2017)

Determining “Substantial Limitation

Managing Food Allergies in Schools

Title VI

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states: No person in the Unites States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.  Protections include providing equity in educational opportunities for minority students as well as for students who have limited proficiency in English.

Federal

Office of Civil Rights (United States Dept. of Education):

Resources/Guidance:

State

Translation Services

  • COMMGAP
    7069 South Highland Drive, Suite 201
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84021
    Phone: (801) 944-4049 | E-mail
  • Linguistica International
    4250 West 5415 South
    Kearns, Utah 84118
    Phone: (801) 262-4550 | E-mail
  • InSync Interpreters, LLC
    9149 South Monroe Street, Suite C
    Sandy, Utah 84070
    Phone: (801) 838-8100 | Toll-Free: (866) 501-2002
    Fax: (800) 755-8357 | E-mail
  • Catholic Community Services of Utah
    Rose Olivas
    Phone: (801) 428-1229 | E-mail
  • Refugee & Immigrant Center Asian Association of Utah (AAU) Interpreting & Translation Services
    Tung Tran
    Phone: (801) 990-9449 | E-mail
    Effective Dates: 08/01/2015 through 7/30/2020

Utah State Board of Education

Submit an inquiry or complaint:

Momi Tu'ua
Equity & Advocacy
momi.tuua@schools.utah.gov
(801) 538-7828

Community

Ethnic Community-Based Lists

Scholarship Opportunities

American Indian/Alaska Native Scholarships (May include scholarships for Native Hawaiians)

Cobell Scholarship
American Indian College Fund
American Indian Services
Indian Country Free Reports

Title IX

The Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.  Schools may not retaliate against any person for opposing an unlawful educational practice or policy, or made charges, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title IX.  All districts and charter schools must have a designated Title IX coordinator with their contact information prominently posted in visible areas of the schools, including handbooks, and on the school's website to ensure protections to students who are being discriminated based on their sex.

Educator/Administrator

Title IX Resource Guide
United States Department of Education

Title IX Resources Support K-12 Schools Blog
EduRisk by United Education

Resources

Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
United States Department of Education

Contacts

Charter School Coordinators | District Coordinators

Training

Information coming soon.

Resources

Documentation

Deferred Action for Undocumented Youth (2012)

Teacher they called me a ...!: Confronting Prejudice and Discrimination in the Classroom

Translation Services

COMMGAP
7069 South Highland Drive, Suite 201
Salt Lake City, Utah 84021
Phone: (801) 944-4049 | E-mail

Linguistica International 
4250 W 5415 S 
Kearns, Utah 84118 
Phone: (801) 262-4550 | Fax: (801) 262-4622 | E-mail

InSync Interpreters, LLC 
9149 South Monroe Street, Suite C 
Sandy, Utah 84070 
Phone: (801) 838-8100 | Toll-Free: (866) 501-2002 | Fax: (800) 755-8357 | E-mail

Catholic Community Services of Utah 
Rose Olivas 
Phone: (801) 428-1229 | E-mail

Refugee & Immigrant Center Asian Association of Utah (AAU) Interpreting & Translation Services
Tung Tran 
Phone: (801) 990-9449 | E-mail

Effective dates: 08/01/2015 through 07/30/2020

Contact Information

Graduation Authentication

Authenticating Documents/TranscriptsGuardianship of a Minor in Utah

Apostille or Non-Apostille Seals
Notary Division of the Governor’s Office
Utah State Capital Complex, Suite 220
PO Box 142325
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114
Phone: (801) 538-1041
Monday through Thursday
Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Processing and authentication of documents stop at 5:30 p.m.

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)Region VIII (Denver Office)
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Cesar East Chavez Memorial Building
1244 Speer Boulevard, Suite 310
Denver, Colorado 80204-3582
Phone: (303) 844-5695 | Fax: (303) 844-4303 | TDD: (877) 521-2172

Websites

American College Test (ACT):

Center for Multicultural Health:

Education and Outreach
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

Education Equality
Feminist Majority Foundation

Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE)

Inclusion Center for Community and Justice

Living Traditions Festival
Salt Lake City Arts Council

Nepali-English Dictionary:

Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA) Program
Utah State Board of Education (USBE)

Multiculturalism and Storytelling
Center for Documentary Expression and Art

National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Poverty Reduction
aha! Process, Inc.

Refugee and Immigration Center
Asian Association of Utah

StopBullying.gov
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Teaching Tolerance
Southern Poverty Law Center

U.S Department of Education:

Equity Team

Holly Bell
Education Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7828 | E-mail

Quincy Roberts-Muniz
Support Staff
Phone: (801) 538-7640 | E-mail