The new head for the United States Department of Education proposes a civil rights policy change that could cost schools billions. The department has had great success in protecting the rights of individuals as well as schools. Schools can avert these additional cost by applying several proactive strategies before the new civil rights policy change takes place.
According to the article, Education Dept. Says It Will Scale Back Civil rights Investigations, the new head of the department proposes several policies that will impact the ways schools do business in the area of civil rights. “According to an internal memo issued by Candice E. Jackson, the acting head of the department’s office for civil rights, requirements that investigators broaden their inquiries to identify systemic issues and whole classes of victims will be scaled back. Also, regional offices will no longer be required to alert department officials in Washington of all highly sensitive complaints on issues such as the disproportionate disciplining of minority students and the mishandling of sexual assaults on college campuses.” This new civil rights policy change will prove devastating for school districts for several reasons.
The first implication is that instead of responding to systemic challenges, students will have an opportunity to file a complaint on an individual basis. If a school has violated the civil rights of 50 individual students they could have to entertain 50 different cases instead of one individual case for a systemic challenge.
Ivancie Law Practice reports that:
A) In the case of a respondent who has more than 14 and fewer than 101 employees in each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year, $50,000;
B) In the case of a respondent who has more than 100 and fewer than 201 employees in each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year, $100,000; and
C) In the case of a respondent who has more than 200 and fewer than 501 employees in each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year, $200,000; and
D) In the case of a respondent who has more than 500 employees in each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year, $300,000.
The new civil rights policy change damages can range from $50,000 to $300,000 dependent on the number of employees in the school or school district. In this example for 50 different incidents the range is $2,500,000 to 15,000,000. According to the 2002 census there are 13,506 school districts. With each school district settling with at least 50 students the cost to the schools for this civil rights policy change can range from $33,766,000,000 to $202,590,000,000.
The old civil rights policy where complainants had an opportunity to utilize the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights was a benefit for many schools. It first provided the opportunity to settle disputes at the lowest level possible. Secondly, it provided an opportunity to weed out frivolous cases. Finally, it provided the federal government the opportunity to remain at the forefront of ensuring the civil rights of all individuals.
Schools can use the following cost effective alternatives to ensure that the new civil rights policy change is not detrimental to school finances.
1) Use the Raccelerate Formula– The Raccelerate Formula helps schools to avoid the atrocities associated with civil rights complaints by staying under the racism radar. Teachers can use the Raccelerate Formula to monitor their progress and therefore avoid damaging the good reputation of the school.
2) Use the Raccelerate Formula App – The Raccelerate Formula App is flexible and provides stress free monitoring. The app helps the user to see how students, schools and classrooms fare on avoiding racism without leaving the comfort of their home or classroom.
3) Conduct a Cultural Risk Audit – Schools can further protect their image, staff, and students by having an independent audit for purpose of evaluating racism within the schools. Instead of a Cultural Risk Audit, many schools choose to entertain a cultural survey. This survey will not protect the school district.
Schools can further avoid the atrocities associated with the new civil rights policy change by Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships.
All the best,
Dr. Derrick L. Campbell, Ed.D.
PO Box 4707 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Author of Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships and Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships: Methodology
The Raccelerate Phenomenon
Treasures of Hidden Racism in Education
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