EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
The Equal Educational Opportunities Department (EEO), formerly known as the Office of Comprehensive Planning for Equal Opportunities (OCPEO), was established in July, 1975 and charged with the responsibility of monitoring, coordinating, and recommending action aimed toward the Board's policy of equal opportunity in education and employment.
The primary functions/programs of the EEO Department are:
COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL, STATE & BOARD REGULATIONS
The EEO Department investigates internal charges of discrimination filed by students, applicants or employees. In addition, charges of discrimination against the District, which are filed through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the Broward Human Rights Division, or other discrimination regulatory agencies, are also investigated/resolved through the EEO Department.
The EEO Department conducts in-service training and workshops designed to increase the district's knowledge and understanding of applicable equal opportunity laws. Training on the Americans with Disabilities Act and Sexual Harassment has been incorporated as a requirement for the Interim Assistant Principal Program. The EEO department has developed a Sexual Harassment Implementation Plan designed to train all district personnel and students. School/Department EEO Liaisons have received Sexual Harassment training to assist in the delivery of the training.
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) COMPLIANCE PROJECT
In 1997, the EEO Department coordinated the ADA Compliance Project. This initiative was geared towards assuring that the district is in full compliance with the ADA. A comprehensive, self-evaluation revealed that the district has done an outstanding job in ensuring that programs, services, activities and facilities are accessible to the disabled. The ADA Self-Evaluation Report Implementation Plan was presented to the Board on March 31, 1998.
The Equal Educational Opportunities Department is currently working with individual schools, departments and the ADA Compliance Project Committee to assure compliance with the ADA Implementation Plan. This includes a five-year transition plan for structural accessibility projects. In addition, the department coordinates all requests for Reasonable Accommodation for disabled employees.
THREE - YEAR EDUCATIONAL EQUITY PLAN
The Florida Educational Equity Act (FEEA) of 1984 prohibits discrimination in all educational programs and activities operated by public educational institutions. The FEEA requires that state educational institutions develop and implement a three-year plan to increase students and staff participation in traditionally underrepresented areas of study and employment.
The School Board of Broward County, Florida, prohibits any policy or procedure which results in discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. Individuals who wish to file a discrimination and/or harassment complaint, may call the Executive Director, Benefits & EEO Compliance at (754) 321-2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) at 754-321-2158.
Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act of 2008, (ADAAA) may call Equal Educational Opportunities
(EEO) at 754-321-2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) at 754-321-2158.
2001-2011 Broward County Public Schools
Equal Educational Opportunities
600 SE Third Avenue, 14th Floor, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: (754) 321-2150 Fax: (754) 321-2714 TTY: (754) 321-2158
Email Us: EEO@browardschools.com