OCR Letter on Gender Equity in Career/Tech Ed

June 16, 2016

The U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has published a letter to high school and college officials on gender equity in career and technical education programs. The letter states that it is providing guidance on existing law and offers examples of how schools and colleges may need to reconsider policies. For example, it says that if a community college construction technology program requires applicants to have studied construction technology in high school, that could raise issues because so few female high school students take such courses. The college would then need to study whether the requirement was truly necessary and not just assume that it was because of past practice.

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