State and federal statutes and regulations prohibit school districts from discriminatory practices in employment or educational opportunity against any person by reason of race, color, creed, religion, sex, ancestry, national origin, age, English proficiency, sexual preference, marital status, or veteran status. Further, state and federal protection is extended on account of disabilities, social or economic status, pregnancy, childbirth, pregnancy-related disabilities, actual or potential parenthood, or family status and other applicable laws.
Somerville Public Schools will continue to support its affirmative action resolution and to implement the district's equal educational opportunity policy in accordance with law and regulation.
The State Department of Education approved the Somerville Public School district's Comprehensive Equity Plan for the Academic Years 2007-2008 through 2009-2010 (Policy #1523) that was adopted by the Board of Education by resolution on March 13, 2007. The purpose of the Comprehensive Equity Plan is to ensure that the district provides equality in educational programs and to identify and correct, or assess and prevent, all bias, discrimination and impermissible isolation in policies, practices and facilities of the district.
The director of curriculum, instruction, and technology reports to the Board of Education annually on progress toward the objectives established in the plan. A copy of the district's affirmative action/equity plans and self-evaluation of achievement are available in the Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology and in each school's library/media center.