The U.S. Department of Education has recently prepared and posted three new documents. The first is an English language learner toolkit helpful for identifying students, assuring access, and evaluating programs. It is helpful to use this letter in conjunction with the “Dear Colleague” letter issued in January 2015. The toolkit is available at this address: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oela/english-learner-toolkit/index.html.
The second is an Office for Civil Rights (OCR) report on its yearly activities for the president and the secretary of education. The report, “Protecting Civil Rights: Advancing Equity,” discusses how OCR has evolved to meet changing needs and addresses Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act: Discrimination Based on Disability. This report is available at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/reports/annual/ocr/report-to-president-and-secretary-of-education-2013-14.pdf. Another package of information from OCR is available in regard to implementation of Title IX. The material for this third collection is available at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/rights/guid/ocr/title-ix-coordinators.html.