Title VI

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (34 C.F.R. Part 100) is a federal civil rights statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance, stating:
 
“No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program to which this part applies.”
 
The following are examples of the types of discrimination that are covered under Title VI:  racial harassment; school segregation, denial of language services to English learners, and denial of enrollment based on immigration status.
 
Arkansas Code Annotated § 6-10-111(d) requires each school district or charter school to annually report to the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Equity Assistance Center regarding its compliance with civil rights responsibilities, which is documented in the Equity Compliance Report.  The Equity Assistance Center requests that every public school district and charter school designate at least one employee to coordinate their efforts to comply with Title VI responsibilities, referred to as the Title VI Coordinator.  Locate your district or charter school’s Title VI Coordinator here:  ADE Data Center.
 
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education is responsible for enforcing Title VI; however, a role of the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Equity Assistance Center is to provide technical assistance to school systems concerning Title VI.

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