Public School Disability discrimination investigations, Nationwide

Community Access Project filed this request with the Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights of the United States of America.


From: Eileen Feldman

Office for Civil Rights
Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

For the time period beginning January 1, 2009 and ending January 20, 2011, please provide:

-District Names,

-Enforcement Divisions (A, B, C or D); and

-Regions (for example, Enforcement Division A: Boston, New York, or Philadephia)

of each School District that underwent Disability Discrimination complaint and compliance investigations with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights Division;

and including the:

-legal and regulatory scope of each complaint investigation; and,

-date for each signed Final Resolution Agreement.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Eileen Feldman
Filed via
E-mail (Preferred):
Daytime: (617) 299-1832
For mailed responses, please address:
185 Beacon St. #3
Somerville, MA 02143


FOIA Tracking Number: 11-00691-F
Name of Requester: Eileen Feldman
E-mail Address:
Name of Organization: Mudrock
Date of Request: 01/26/2011
Date Request Received: 01/26/2011

Your request (below) has been forwarded to the appropriate office within the Department to search for responsive documents. If you have any questions regarding the status of your request, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center at (202) 401–8365 or by e-mail at (please include the case tracking number).

Thank you.


Dear Ms. Feldman:

This is in response to your email message dated January 26, 2011 to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) requesting information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552. You requested OCR to provide you with a “list” of school districts that underwent disability discrimination complaint and compliance investigation for the years covering January 1, 2009 to January 20, 2011.

In that “list” you request the “titles for the fields” to include the District Names, Enforcement Divisions (for example: Boston, New York or Philadelphia), the legal and regulatory scope of each complaint investigations, and the date of each signed final resolution agreements.

As requested, attached is a 30-page Excel list of school districts that underwent disability investigations for the time periods you requested, which includes the following field names: Docket Number, Active Office, Recipient Name (school district), Case Type, Resolved Date and the Issue Code.

During the requested time period, there were 757 total cases that underwent disability investigations and resulted in agreements, some cases contain multiple allegations and these allegations are identified by their Issue Codes.

Therefore, in order for you to understand the legal and regulatory scope of each complaint filed, I am attaching OCR’s Issue Code Key which will assist you in understanding the Issue Code field.

Likewise, in order for you to understand which School District (Recipient Name) underwent a complaint or compliance review, look at the number under the Case Type field on your attached list, if the Case Type field has a #1 then that case underwent a complaint, if the Case Type field has a #2 then that case underwent a compliance review.

Lastly, in order to identifying the OCR Enforcement (enforcement) Office or OCR Regional Office (Boston, New York or Philadelphia) on your attached list, the first two digits of each docket number (e.g., the digits "01") represent the office code where the complaint was filed; the Active Office field on your list indicates the office that is responsible for processing the case. Below please find the appropriate digits to each enforcement office:

01 - Boston Enforcement Office
02 - New York Enforcement Office
03 - Philadelphia Enforcement Office
04 - Atlanta Enforcement Office
05 - Chicago Enforcement Office
06 - Dallas Enforcement Office
07 - Kansas City Enforcement Office
08 - Denver Enforcement Office
09 - San Francisco Enforcement Office
10 - Seattle Enforcement Office
11 - District of Columbia Enforcement Office
15 - Cleveland Enforcement Office

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at 202-453-5984.


David A. Campbell
Customer Service Team
Office for Civil Rights