Office of Civil Rights (OCR)

If you do not agree with the decision of the Department of Education (DOE) about your concern, you have two other options:

1. Can request the Secretary of Education at the US Department of Education to review the decision.
2. Can file a complaint with Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

Note: Under IDEA (Federal law) you can not have the same concern reviewed by Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and the Problem Resolution System (DOE) at the same time.    You must choose one or the other.

United States Department of Education

Office for Civil Rights, Boston

33 Arch St., Suite 900

Boston, MA  02110-1491

617-289-0019 (main)
617-289-0150 (fax)

Know your rights

OCR enforces several Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the Department of Education. These laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin, sex, disability, and on the basis of age. These laws extend to all state education agencies, elementary and secondary school systems, colleges and universities, vocational schools, proprietary schools, state vocational rehabilitation agencies, libraries, and museums that receive U.S. Department of Education funds. OCR also has responsibilities under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (prohibiting disability discrimination by public entities, whether or not they receive federal financial assistance).

OCR's Complaints Resolution Procedures
For detail the information on how to file a complaint with the OCR in the same manner you would do with PQA concern.

A child is entitled under the law a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), if the district acts in a nefarious manner to prevent this they are violating the law under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Free Appropriate Public Education For Students With Disabilities: Requirements Under Section 504 Of The Rehabilitation Act Of 1973

How to File a Discrimination Complaint with the Office for Civil Rights


OCR Complaint form online

Questions and Answers on OCR's Complaint Process

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This webpages, created on August 15, 2007, by Melody Orfei and Robin Hopes
Webpage last modified on August 16, 2007 - V3, by Melody Orfei and Robin Hopes