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U.S. Department of Education Resources

Equity Assistance Centers Page
The Lander Center for Educational Research's Region II Equity Assistance Center is one of ten federally funded to provide technical assistance to state department of education and school districts on issues of race, gender, and national origin.   For information on the program's purpose, grant application process, funding, and links to other centers please visit the US Department of Education EAC page.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
(Title 42 U.S.C. Sec. 2000c-2000c-9)
This legislation authorized the Department of Education to fund regional centers to assist in school desegregation and promote equity in education.

The Office for Civil Rights Website 
Visit the Office of Civil Rights site for information on the legal rights of parents and students, and for an online complaint form that can be used to file complaints of discrimination in education. 

The Office of Civil Rights Letter from Catherine E. Lhamon, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
This letter addresses legal obligations under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin, in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance. 

Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972
(Title 20 U.S.C. Sec. 1681-1688). This legislation prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity receiving federal funds.

Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA)
Visit OELA for information on the administration of NCLB's Title III, which governs the education of limited English proficient (LEP) students.

Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools (OSDFS)
The Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) administers programs that support drug and violence prevention efforts and other activities that promote the health and well being of students in elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education.

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
This legislation reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) the main federal law affecting education from kindergarten through high school. NCLB instituted significant reforms based on four principles: accountability, flexibility, parental choice, and evidence-based practice.

National Content Centers
The U.S. Department of Education has created five national content centers to address teacher quality, instruction, assessment and accountability, innovation and improvement, and high school reform. Visit this page for links to all the comprehensive and content centers.

Doing What Works Website
This website, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, is dedicated to helping educators identify and make use of effective teaching practices.

What Works Clearinghouse
A project of the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Educational Sciences, the clearinghouse collects studies of educational interventions and analyzes study design to determine which interventions have scientific evidence of effectiveness.

National Center for Education Statistics
NCES collects and analyzes data relating to education and publishes a variety of reports.

Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC)
The CRDC collects data from a sample of school districts on key education and civil rights issues in our nation's public schools, including student enrollment and educational programs and services, disaggregated by race/ethnicity, sex, limited English proficiency and disability. The CRDC is a valuable source of information about access to educational opportunities in our Nation’s public schools that is used by the Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and other Department offices, as well as policymakers, researchers and many others in the education community.