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Addressing Discrimination Against AAPI Students: Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights

June 1, 2021

The United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently released a Dear Educator Letter reminding schools of their obligation to investigate and address all forms of harassment based on race, color, or national origin, including harassment directed at Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students. The Dear Educator Letter builds on efforts across the government, including President Biden’s memorandum, Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States, to recognize and address the recent increase in harassment and violence directed at AAPI individuals. 

This letter can be found in OCR’s News Room along with Confronting COVID-19-Related Harassment in Schools, a resource for students and families that OCR and the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division issued earlier this month. 

Read the Fact Sheet (English)  PDF 
မြန်မာစကား (Burmese)  PDF 
简体字 (Sim. Chinese)  PDF 
繁體字 (Trad. Chinese)  PDF 
Hakha Chin (Hakha Chin)  PDF 
日本語 (Japanese)  PDF 
ကညီကျိာ (Karen)  PDF 
ខ្មែរ (Khmer)  PDF 
한국어 (Korean)  PDF 
ພາສາລາວ (Lao)  PDF 
ไทย (Thai)  PDF 
Tagalog (Tagalog)  PDF 
Việt-ngữ (Vietnamese)  PDF 


Additional information regarding civil rights in CTE can be found on the NYSED CTE Civil Rights webpage