Superintendent’s Memo #262-15

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

October 9, 2015

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: The Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) Obligation to Review and/or Assist School Divisions Regarding Federal Civil Rights Laws

The guidelines for eliminating discrimination and denial of services on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, and disability, refer to 34 C.F.R. Part 100, Appendix B (Guidelines) is a federal regulation to ensure that each student has equal access to career and technical education (CTE) programs.  The Guidelines require the VDOE to monitor school divisions for CTE civil rights compliance through technical assistance, analyses of information and data, and periodic on-site reviews to determine compliance with the following civil rights laws:

School administrators are highly recommended to review the Guidelines, CTE civil rights on-site review checklist, six-year cyclical schedule, and other related information to become familiar with the CTE civil rights review process.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact William A. Hatch, CTE federal program monitoring specialist, Office of Career and Technical Education, at or by telephone at (804) 225-2052.