Equity Assistance Center

The Responsibility of the Equity Assistance Center

The Equity Assistance Center (EAC) has the responsibility of assisting and assuring that all school districts comply with state and federal regulations which prohibit discrimination. The EAC shall assist local school districts and public charter schools with developing plans for implementing and monitoring equitable educational opportunities that are free of discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, age, or handicapping conditions. The center provides support to school districts and public charter schools in the areas of equity compliance, Section 504, Constitutionally Protected Prayer in public schools, minority teacher and administrator recruitment, and student discipline policies.

When concerns or disagreements arise regarding a topic mentioned above, a parent should immediately contact the student’s teacher, principal, the district coordinator that handles the area of concern, or the superintendent. Concerns may also be resolved utilizing the school system’s internal grievance procedure. If concerns of a violation of policies persist, the EAC may be contacted for assistance and to discuss the resources and remedies available. The EAC works proactively with districts and parents to resolve issues at the lowest possible level. If you would like to file a complaint alleging violation(s), you may use the form below or submit your complaint in writing to the EAC.   If the complaint is related to specific student(s), also include the Consent to Release Student Information form.

Complaint Form

Consent to Release Student Information (PDF) ***Only necessary if complaint involves specific student(s)***

For more information, please contact:

Oliver Dillingham, Public School Program Manager
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Legal Services
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot 25
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4213
Fax: 501-682-7288
 
Lasonia Johnson, Public School Program Advisor
 
Lance LeVar, Public School Program Advisor
 
Daisy Reyes, Public School Program Advisor