File: AC

Public schools have the responsibility to overcome, insofar as possible, any barriers that prevent children from achieving their potential. The public school district will do its part. This commitment to the community is affirmed in the following statements of school committee intent to:

  1. Promote the rights and responsibilities of all individuals as set forth in the State and Federal Constitutions, pertinent legislation, and applicable judicial interpretations.
  2. Encourage positive experiences in human values for children and youth and adults, all of whom have differing personal and family characteristics and who come from various socioeconomic, racial and ethnic groups.
  3. Work toward a more integrated society and to enlist the support of individuals as well as groups and agencies, both private and governmental, in such an effort.
  4. Use all appropriate communication and action techniques to air and reduce the grievances of individuals and groups.
  5. Carefully consider, in all the decisions made within the school district, the potential benefits or adverse consequences that those decisions might have on the human relations aspects of all segments of society.
  6. Initiate a process of reviewing policies and practices of the school district in order to achieve to the greatest extent possible the objectives of this statement.

The Committee's policy of nondiscrimination will extend to students, staff, the general public, and individuals with whom it does business; and will apply to race, national background, religion, sex, economic status, political party, age, handicap and other human differences.

LEGAL REFS.: Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964 Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 Executive Order 11246, as amended by E.O. 11375 Equal Pay Act, as amended by the Education Amendments of 1972 Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972 Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 M.G.L. 71B:1 et seq. (Chapter 766 of the Acts of 1972) M.G.L. 76:5; 76:16 (Chapter 622 of the Acts of 1971) Board of Education Chapter 622 Regulations Pertaining to Access to Equal Educational Opportunity, adopted 6/24/75, as amended 10/24/78 Board of Education Chapter 766 Regulations, adopted 10/74, as amended through 3/28/78

CROSS REFS.: ACE ACAACG, Subcategories for Nondiscrimination FEGA, Contractor’s Fair Employment Clause GBA, Equal Opportunity Employment JB, Equal Educational Opportunities

CONTRACT REF.: Teacher’s Agreement

ADOPTED: July 11, 1996