Let your voice be heard
We can make equity in education a reality for all students by raising awareness, compiling resources, and inciting action to secure their Title VI right, whether we are students, caregivers, or educators.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
What is Title VI?
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects everyone participating in programs that receive federal funding from discrimination based on their race, color, or national origin. This protection extends to all federally-financed programs, including both public and non-public schools, and is therefore under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Education and is enforced by the Office for Civil Rights.
About Save Your VI
Save Your Six is a campaign to raise awareness of students’ Title VI rights. The people behind Save Your Six are a group of primarily mothers of color in Northern California who have personal experience with discrimination in their children’s schools and with the Title VI grievance process.
Plan Of Action
If you believe your school or school district is violating students’ Title VI rights, the most important thing you can do is document every interaction with the school in writing and make copies. Use these steps.
Federal Oversight and the Office for Civil Rights
As many of us know, school administration, school district leadership, and even the state can fail to adequately address racial or ethnic harassment, even according to its own policies. When all else fails, students’ Title VI rights in schools are enforced by the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The OCR has 12 branches in Washington D.C., Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle.
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What’s at risk?
Discrimination in School
Discrimination against students that violates their Title VI rights can come in many forms. Regardless of what forms it takes, discrimination has measurable negative effects on students’ education and life outcomes. Click the boxes below to learn more about how discrimination happens in school.
It is important to note several things about Title VI violations:
- Discrimination can come from other students, but also teachers, administration, staff, or school resource officers (SROs).
- Students can be discriminated against at any age.
- Discrimination against students based on their religion can be considered a Title VI violation when their religion relates to their ethnic heritage.
- A school violates a student’s Title VI rights when it fails to appropriately remedy a hostile climate or inequity in treatment due to race, color, or national origin.
- You neither need to be the victim, nor their parent or legal guardian in order to file a Title VI complaint with the Office for Civil Rights on their behalf.
Whether you’re a student, a concerned adult, or an educator, you can help make our schools safe places to learn.
Save Your Six has developed these resource toolkits to help students, trusted adults, and school employees help themselves.
Harassment Is Not Your Fault. You have a protected right to feel safe at school. It is the right of all students to be free from discrimination from others—other kids or adults—at school. If you are harassed at school, or if you see someone being harassed, there are steps you can take.
Parents, Caregivers, & Trusted Adults
If you are ready to take action on behalf of a student who has been discriminated against, then prepare yourself with these resources.
- What to Do if a Student is Harassed
- Addressing Racial Discrimination
- Why You Need an Advocate?
- How to File a Complaint With OCR?
Remedying racial harassment for a student in school can be a taxing and exhausting process. If filing a complaint is too difficult for you, or if it will put you in a vulnerable position, you don’t have to do it. At all times, do what’s best for you and the students order to stay safe.
School Administration, Faculty, & Staff
Resources, Data, and Guidance
Department of Education (ED) Policy Statements and Guides
- Securing Equal Educational Opportunity (ED, 2016)
- Policy Statement on Expulsion and Suspension in Early Childhood Settings (ED & HHS, 2016)
- Guiding Principles: A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline (ED, 2014)
- Dear Colleague Letter on the Nondiscriminatory Administration of School Discipline (ED & DOJ, 2014)
- Dear Colleague Letter – Harassment and Bullying (ED, 2010)
- Notice of Nondiscrimination (ED, 2010)
#SaveYourSix needs your help too.
We would like to gather data about schools, school districts, and colleges across the country, and their compliance with Title VI. We’re asking you to send us information about your school and school district.