September 16, 2016

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: The Virginia Department of Education's (VDOE) Obligation to Review and/or Assist School Divisions Regarding Federal Civil Rights Laws

The guidelines for eliminating discrimination and denial of services on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, and disability, refer to 34 C.F.R. Part 100, Appendix B (GuidelinesThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website) is a federal regulation to ensure that each student has equal access to career and technical education (CTE) programs.  The Guidelines require the VDOE to monitor school divisions for CTE civil rights compliance through technical assistance, analyses of information and data, and periodic on-site reviews to determine compliance with the following civil rights laws:

School administrators are highly recommended to review the Guidelines, CTE civil rights on-site review checklist, six-year cyclical schedule, and other related information to become familiar with the CTE civil rights review process.

If you have questions, please contact William A. Hatch, CTE Planning, Administration, and Accountability Coordinator, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, at or by telephone at (804) 225-2052.