Federal Resources for Equity and Multicultural Education
Equity Assistance Centers (EACs)
Public schools and other educators working to reduce achievement gaps and expand educational equity can receive resources, technical assistance and consulting services through their Equity Assistance Center (EACs). The network of ten regional service centers is funded through the US Department of Education to provide technical assistance and consultation services to on issues related to race/culture, gender, national origin educational equity. There is a center within each federal region offering services and resources to reduce disparities in educational outcomes for historically underserved groups. Each EAC provides training and advisory services in collaboration with other agencies, and focused on local needs and priorities. Funding for the EACs comes through Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Equity Assistance Centers FY 2011-2014
|(serves Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont)
The Education Alliance
New England Equity Assistance Center at Brown Univeristy (NEEAC)
4 Richmond Square, Suite 400
Providence, RI 02906
Dr. Maria Pacheco, Director
PH: 401-274-8948 or 800-521-9550
|(serves New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands)
Equity Assistance Center
Touro College, Lander Center for Educational Research
43 W. 23rd Street 8th Floor
New York, New York 10010
Dr. Velma Cobb, Director
PH: 212-463-0400 ext. 5386
|(serves District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia)
Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium
5272 River Road, Suite 340
Bethesda, MD 20816
Ms. Susan Shaffer, Director
|(serves Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee)
Southeastern Equity Alliance, Inc.
Southeastern Equity Assistance Center (SEAC)
1401 East Broward Boulevard, Suite 304
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Mr. Jerry Graniero, Director
|(serves Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin)
Great Lakes Equity Center
902 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5167
Dr. Seena M. Skelton
|(serves Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas)
South Central Collaborative for Equity
Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA/SCCE)
5815 Callaghan Road, Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78228-1102
Dr. Bradley Scott, Director
|(serves Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska)
Midwest Equity Assistance Center (MEAC)
Kansas State University
1100 Bluemont Hall, Room 401
Manhattan, KS 66506
Dr. Charles Rankin, Director
|(serves Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming)
Metropolitan State College of Denver
P.O. Box 173362, Campus Box 63
Denver, CO 80217-3362
Ms. Kathy Rigsby, Director
|(serves Arizona, California, Nevada)
300 Lakeside Drive, 25th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612-3540
Dr. Rose Owens-West, Director
(serves Alaska, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia (Kosrae, Chuuk, Yap, Pohnpei), Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, Washington)
ADDITIONAL Federal Resources
The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) released joint guidance reminding states, school districts and schools of their obligations under federal law to ensure that English learner students have equal access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to achieve their full academic potential. The guidance, fact sheets, and other resources (including translated versions of the guidance and fact sheets) are available athttp://www2.ed.gov/about/
Schools’ Civil Rights Obligations to English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents
The obligation not to discriminate based on race, color, or national origin requires public schools to take affirmative steps to ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) students, now more commonly known as known as English Learner (EL) students or English Language Learners (ELLs), can meaningfully participate in educational programs and services, and to communicate information to LEP parents in a language they can understand.
The following materials include information for students and parents, OCR guidance and resources for education officials about their obligations to EL students and LEP parents, and added resources with related information.
For Students and Parents
* Fact Sheet, Ensuring English Learner Students Can Participate Meaningfully and Equally in Educational Programs (Jan. 2015) PDF<http://www2.ed.gov/about/
* Fact Sheet, Information for Limited English Proficient Parents and for Schools and School Districts that Communicate with Them (Jan. 2015) [cid:image005.png@01D03623.
For Education Officials
Office of Civil Rights Policies
* Dear Colleague Letter, English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents (01/7/2015)<http://www2.ed.
* Memo, Obligations to National-Origin Minority Students (09/27/1991)<http://www2.ed.
* Memo, Language Minority Investigations (12/03/1985; reissued 04/06/1990)<http://www2.ed.
* Memo, Discrimination on the Basis of National Origin (05/25/1970<http://www2.ed.
* Programs For English Language Learners (Nov. 1999)<http://www2.ed.gov/
Resource Materials For Planning and Self-Assessment: (1) Overview<http://www2.ed.gov/
* OCR’s Recent EL Case Resolutions<http://www2.ed.
* U.S. Department of Justice Recent EL Cases and Settlements<http://www.
U.S. Department of Education Resources
* Department Notice of Language Assistance<http://www.ed.gov/
U.S. Department of Education Funded Resources and Partnerships
* National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition<http://www.ncela.
* LEP.gov<http://www.lep.gov/> (federal interagency website on limited English proficiency)