ABC works to bring schools and school districts into compliance with the federal civil rights laws that pertain to public education. ABC has extensive experience enforcing and interpreting the federal laws that protect students' civil rights. From the comprehensive training we provide, to the assessments we perform, the stakeholder outreach we facilitate, and the conclusions and recommendations we give, ABC guides schools to fulfill their federal obligations to achieve equity in the provision of services to students.
The United States Department of Justice and Department of Education vigorously enforce federal statutes related to education, including not only the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 that is so familiar to most of us, but also the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (most recently reauthorized in 2004), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (amended in 2008). Schools and school districts nationwide are grappling with requirements to report data and information to federal and state authorities as well as their own internal data assessments. At the same time, schools and school districts also are trying to overcome persistent racial disparities in student academic performance and student discipline, serve students and families who are limited English proficient, and meet the needs of students with disabilities.
ABC clarifies schools' federal legal responsibilities within the unique realities they face and thus helps schools and school districts to chart a course for student success.