Title: Education Department Civil Rights Officials Urged to Work Through ‘Tough Times Ahead’
By: Emma Brown
December, 8, 2016
Key Points: With Donald Trump as the president-elect, there is concern about there being “tough times ahead” for the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Trump could revise or reverse key guidance documents, and his administration could heavily influence the OCR’s budget, making it difficult for them to keep up with cases. The Education Secretary John B. King Jr. said, “there are too many students of color who feel afraid in school. We have an obligation, all of us, to redouble our efforts to intensify our work to ensure we protect the civil rights of all students.” These efforts call for confronting these issues. Complaints received by OCR have more than doubled from 2009 to this year, and staff complaints have fallen. The work that OCR does is critical, and when the facts of troubling cases are revealed, there needs to be more action taken and support of OCR, so justice can be delivered.
Audience: educators, parents, administrators, district officials, community members
Relevance: The article points out a few cases where students were not served. This is just a glimpse into the many cases that have not been dealt with which is a huge issue. It is important that OCR is supported, and those invested in the lives of students recognize the reality that could unfold with the Trump administration being in power. The civil rights of all students must be protected. Essentially, students need to be seen, heard, valued, respected, and treated with dignity.