Before the creation of the Florida Consent Decree there were many other laws that were created to protect students as well as minorities. A few include Equal Education Opportunity Act and Title VI of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Equal Education Opportunity Act was developed in 1974 and was created to prohibit discriminatory conduct such as separating students based on their race and color. This act also protected discrimination against faculty and staff members. The Equal Education Opportunity Act also required districts to take action in overcoming language barriers that students faced that often caused problems with equal participation within education programs. One of the most important acts in US history as well as education history is that of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The act's Title VI pretends to education. The act prevents elementary and secondary schools as well as colleges from discriminating anyone based on race, color, sex, religion or national origin.
The Florida Consent Decree was created in order to better serve the ever changing student population in the public schools of Florida. The decree came about after the State of Florida was sued by minority groups. These groups felt that their children were not getting the fair treatment they deserved with the laws of the Equal Education Opportunity Act, Title VI of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Florida Educational Equity Act, and other federal and state laws. The decree was developed in order to have mandated standards and guidelines throughout the state's school districts to provide services for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students.
There are six main issues that the Consent Decree covers. These six main issues are Identification and Assessment, Equal Access to Appropriate Programming, Equal Access to Appropriate Categorical and other programs...