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Desegregation of Public Education

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department of Justice , Civil Rights Division
CFDA #: 16.100

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The Justice Department may go to court to obtain an order to desegregate a public school (elementary or secondary levels) or public college. The Attorney General may initiate legal proceedings to further orderly desegregation upon receiving a meritorious written complaint from (1) any parent or group of parents whose minor children are being deprived by a school board of equal protection of the laws; or (2) any individual or parent of an individual who has been denied admission to or not permitted to continue in attendance at a public college or university because of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. The Attorney General must certify that the suit will materially further the orderly process of desegregation. The Attorney General may also intervene in any case in which the plaintiff alleges a denial of equal protection of the law on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In addition, the Attorney General may litigate Title VI, Title IX (of the Education Amendments of 1972), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 referrals received from the Department of Education, previously the Department of Health Education and Welfare, to vindicate the rights of individuals excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance on account of their race, color, sex, national origin, or disability. The Attorney General may also go to court to ensure that school districts take appropriate steps to overcome language barriers that impede equal participation in the district's instructional program pursuant to the Equal Educational Opportunities Act.