DEC has submitted comments in response to the proposed changes to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Mandatory Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) for FY 2019-2020.
In the letter, DEC strongly recommends that OCR/ED confer with the OCR within Health and Human Services as well as with programs under the Administration for Children and Families to determine how valid and reliable data can be collected across all early learning and care programs to provide an accurate data profile of the actual use of suspension and expulsion with young children. Only then will it be possible to use these data to make critically needed improvements in evidence-based practices at the local level.
DEC also partnered with other organizations to prepare and sign onto the CCD letter on this OCR data collection. View the full letter here.