Civil Rights Guidance for Charter Schools

May 2014 -- The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released new guidance confirming that the same federal civil rights laws that apply to other public schools apply equally to public charter schools.

The Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces a number of Federal civil rights laws that apply to charter schools, including: • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI) (prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, or national origin); • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) (prohibiting discrimination based on sex); and • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II) (prohibiting discrimination based on disability).