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Public Policy/Funding

OCR issues Dear Colleague Letter on retaliation: The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published a Dear Colleague letter in April 2013 providing public guidance on retaliation law and OCR's corresponding enforcement measures. The letter reminds school districts and other recipients of federal education funds that it is illegal to retaliate against individuals who raise concerns about compliance with federal civil rights laws. For more information read the OCR Dear Colleague Letter.

Civil Rights Laws and HIPAA: Federal civil rights laws and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, together protect your fundamental rights of nondiscrimination and privacy. Civil Rights help to protect you from unfair treatment or discrimination, because of your race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex (gender), or religion. The Privacy Rule protects the privacy of your health information; it says who can look at and receive your health information, and also gives you specific rights over that information. For more information: Office for Civil Rights

Civil Rights Law: Title VI, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq., was enacted as part of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. For more information: Civil Rights Law

Cradle to Prison Pipeline Campaign: Nationally, 1 in 3 Black and 1 in 6 Latino boys born in 2001 are at risk of imprisonment during their lifetime. While boys are five times as likely to be incarcerated as girls, there also is a significant number of girls in the juvenile justice system. This rate of incarceration is endangering children at younger and younger ages. For more information from the Children's Defense Fund: Cradle to Prison Pipeline Campaign

ESEA Flexibility: The U.S. Department of Education has invited each State educational agency (SEA) to request flexibility regarding specific requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) in exchange for rigorous and comprehensive State-developed plans designed to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, increase equity, and improve the quality of instruction.

DOE v. State of Ohio: Information about Ohio's long-standing lawsuit regarding the free, appropriate, public education (FAPE) of children with disabilities ages three through 21. For more information: DOE v. State of Ohio

Chapin Hall Publication Library: Chapin Hall's website provides the ability to browse through more than 200 publications and abstracts of ongoing research projects. Visit the website: Chapin Hall

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