Policy - 5260 Non-Discrimination and Access to Equal Educational Opportunity

Last Revised on April 22, 2013

The Board does not discriminate on the basis of the following “Protected Classes”: race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation), disability, age (except as authorized by law), religion, military status, ancestry, or genetic information in its educational programs, activities, or its employment policies and practices.

Equal educational opportunities shall be available to all students, without regard to the Protected Classes, place of residence within the boundaries of the District, or social or economic background, to learn through the curriculum offered in this Corporation. Educational programs shall be designed to meet the varying needs of all students.

In order to achieve the aforesaid goal, the Superintendent shall:

A.      Curriculum Content –

review current and proposed courses of study whether online or in textbooks to detect any bias based upon Protected Classes ascertaining whether or not supplemental materials, singly or taken as a whole, fairly depict the contribution of both genders, various races, ethnic groups, etc. toward the development of human society;

B.       Staff Training –                                                     

develop an ongoing program of in-service training for school personnel designed to identify and solve problems of bias based upon the Protected Classes in all aspects of the program;

C.      Student Access –

review current and proposed programs, activities, facilities, and practices to ensure that all students have equal access thereto and are not segregated on the basis Protected Classes in any duty, work, play, classroom, or school practice, except as may be permitted under State regulations; 

 

D.      Corporation Support –

verify that like aspects of the Corporation program receive like support as to staff size and compensation, purchase and maintenance of facilities and equipment, access to such facilities and equipment, and related matters;

E.      Student Evaluation –

verify that tests, procedures, or guidance and counseling materials, which are designed to evaluate student progress, rate aptitudes, analyze personality, or in any manner establish or tend to establish a category by which a student may be judged, are not differentiated or stereotyped on the basis of Protected Classes.

The Superintendent shall appoint and publicize the name of the compliance officer (s) who is/are responsible for coordinating the Corporation’s efforts to comply with applicable Federal and State laws and regulations including the Corporations duty to address in a prompt and equitable manner any inquiries or complaints regarding discrimination or denial of equal access. The Compliance Officer (s) shall also verify that proper notice of nondiscrimination for Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (as amended), Title VI, and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended), and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 is provided to students, their parents, staff members, and the general public.

The Superintendent shall attempt annually to identify children with disabilities, ages 3-22, who reside in the Corporation but do not receive public education. In addition, s/he shall establish procedures to identify students who are Limited English Proficient (LEP), including immigrant children and youth, to assess their ability to participate in Corporation programs, and develop and administer a program that meets the English language and academic needs of these students. This program shall include procedures for student placement, services, evaluation and exit guidelines and shall be designed to provide students with effective instruction that leads to academic achievement and timely acquisition of proficiency in English. As a part of this program, the Corporation will evaluate the progress of students in achieving English language proficiency in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, on an annual basis.

I.C. 20-33-1-1
Fourteenth Amendment, U.S. Constitution
20 U.S.C. Section 1681, Title IX of Education Amendment Act
20 U.S.C. Section 1701 et seq., Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974
29 U.S.C. 794, Section 504 Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended
42 U.S.C. Section 2000 et seq., Civil Rights Act of 1964
42 U.S.C. Section 2000ff et seq., The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq., Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended
42 U.S.C. 6101 et seq., Age Discrimination Act of 1975
29 C.F.R. Part 1635
34 C.R.F. Part 110 (7/27/93)
Vocational Education Program Guidelines for Eliminating Discrimination and Denial of Services, Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, March 1979
Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

Revised October 24, 2011
Revised December 12, 2012
© NEOLA 2011