06-11-2013 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #45


Title
Florida Educational Equity Act Annual Update -- 2012-2013

Discussion

The District is required to submit a Florida Educational Equity Act Update for 2012-2013 in compliance with the Florida Educational Equity Act Implementing Rules 6A-19.001 - 19.010.

The Florida Educational Equity Act (FEEA) and other federal and state legislation, such as Title IX, Title VI and the Vocational Guidelines, prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability or marital status against students and employees.  The annual Educational Equity Update is a reporting tool that enables the OEEO to monitor and ensure adherence to provisions of the laws, and that educational resources are equally distributed.

The Florida Educational Equity Act became law in June 1984, and the Implementing Rules 6A-19.001 - 19.010 were adopted by the State Board of Education in February 1985.  The Equity Act was amended in 1993 to mandate stronger monitoring and enforcement for gender equity in athletics, and again in 2002 to clarify the K-20 responsibilities.  Rule 6A-19.004, Interscholastic, Intercollegiate, Club and Intramural Athletics, was amended in September 1994 to reflect the new monitoring and enforcement requirements. 

Reporting Requirements for the 2012-2013 Update

Districts should submit the following information:

  • Current civil rights policies and procedures, including the School Board adopted Policy of Nondiscrimination, Identification of the Equity Coordinator(s), Grievance or Complaint Procedures, Harassment Policy, AIDS/HIV Policy or procedures used for placement of students with AIDS/HIV, policy assuring equal access to Boy Scouts of America and other patriotic youth groups, and samples of Annual and Continuous Notification of Nondiscrimination and the district's Equity Coordinator(s).
  • Districts should submit responses to any items from the 2011-12 Annual Update that were identified as incomplete.  A description of what actions have been taken by the district, as well as projected timelines for completion of the items, should be included if the items remain incomplete at the time the district submits the 2012-13 Annual Update.  Items identified as a result of a district's on-site compliance review are included in the Monitoring Work Plan, for which corrective actions should be submitted promptly.
  • Enrollment data and methods and strategies for increasing minority enrollment in Advanced Placement (including AP, IB, and AICE), Dual Enrollment (DE), Honors and other Level 3 courses.  Districts should evaluate progress over the period from 2007-2008 to 2011-2012.  For AP, DE, Honors and other Level 3 courses, data will be analyzed by race overall and specifically for Black and Hispanic males.  Districts should examine all of their methods and strategies used for the past five years to ensure that they are effective.
  • The Compliance Verification Form, monitoring forms and corrective action plans for compliance with Title IX for gender equity in athletics.
  • The districts will continue to analyze their employment data and develop, implement, and submit targeted methods and strategies to address any underrepresentation to diversify the administrative, instructional and guidance workforce.
  • Districts will continue to report the number and type of single-sex schools operating in the district, and the number and type of single-sex classes offered at co-educational schools.  Districts that offer single-sex schools and/or classes should respond to the questions and submit the Single-Sex Evaluation Verification Form signed by the Superintendent certifying that the required evaluations have been completed for single-sex schools and classes.
  • To ensure that pregnant and parenting students are treated in compliance with the requirements of Title IX and Section 1003.54, F.S., districts are asked to provide information regarding programs for pregnant and parenting students.

The document as approved by the School Board is due to the Department of Education, Office of Equal Educational Opportunity by July 31, 2013.



Recommendation
Approve the 2012-2013 Florida Educational Equity Act Update.

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 6/11/2013
Consent after Information7/23/2013

Authority for Action
General Powers and Duties of the Board

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds

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Contact

Barbara A. Rodrigues, Middle School Programs Director, ext. 583

Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent, ext. 300




Attachment:  2013 DRAFT Equity.pdf