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Civil Rights Compliance

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The Special Needs section of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education actively supports the mission of the Office for Civil Rights: "to ensure equal access to a high quality education for all students through the vigorous enforcement of civil rights." A primary responsibility of the Special Needs section is to conduct Civil Rights Compliance Reviews each year at eight institutions offering or administering vocational programs that receive federal financial assistance.

Civil Rights Compliance Reviews consist of a on-site visit to the institution and interviews with the superintendent, principals, directors, guidance counselors, teachers and students, as well as classroom observation, review of records, policy, and tours of the physical plant and grounds to assess the institution's compliance with federal civil rights statutes.

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