OCR Releases Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2019

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US Department of Education

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the release of its Annual Report to the Secretary, the President, and the Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 (Annual Report). The Annual Report summarizes OCR’s compliance and enforcement activities during FY 2019 and illustrates how they advance progress made throughout the first three fiscal years of the Trump Administration (FYs 2017-19).

As the Annual Report highlights, during FY 2019 OCR has launched two nationwide proactive compliance initiatives focused on improving outcomes for students with disabilities, took significant steps to improve the quality of data reported by the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), resolved some of the most extensive Title IX investigations that OCR has ever conducted in American higher education and in elementary and secondary schools, and engaged in landmark regulatory reform by initiating the formal rulemaking process to codify, for the first time, a school’s Title IX obligations concerning claims of sexual misconduct.  The report also demonstrates how, over the last three fiscal years, OCR has substantially reduced the substantial backlog of pending complaints inherited from the prior administration while resolving significantly more complaints with change.

As I look back on what OCR has accomplished over the last few years, I am deeply proud to have been a part of this work and grateful to my hardworking and dedicated colleagues who enforce the federal civil rights laws on behalf of our nation’s students and their families. Together we have made a real difference in so many areas. As a result of our focus on enforcement and fidelity to the law, we have in fact achieved better results for our nation’s children. The U.S. Department of Education’s Press Release is available here.

Sincerely,

/s/

Kenneth L. Marcus
Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights