Equity assistance centers provide training and technical assistance to public school districts in the States in their geographical service area.
Typical activities include the dissemination of general information on such topics as successful educational practices and legal requirements related to non- discrimination on the basis of race, gender, and national origin in educational programs; training designed to develop educators' skills in specific areas, such as the identification of race and sex bias in instructional materials; and technical assistance in the identification and selection of appropriate educational programs to meet the needs of limited English speaking students.
In all instances, the assistance provided is at the request of the local educational agency.
The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.