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Cover Story - June 14, 2013

Office for Civil Rights: Why is it there and what does it do?

Federal law-enforcement agency works with school districts to eradicate discrimination

by Terri Lobdell

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Education that enforces civil rights laws tied to federal funding of schools from elementary through post-secondary. Congress created the Office for Civil Rights in 1966 pursuant to passage of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibiting discrimination in public education on the basis of race, color and national origin.

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