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Title VI Civil Rights Act of 1964

Discrimination is Against the Law

The Tennessee Department of Education is responsible for ensuring that the children of Tennessee have the opportunity to receive an education and enhance their intellectual abilities.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed to ensure that all persons of the United States receive equal rights, opportunities, and treatment regardless of race, color, or national origin. Title VI of this Act creates the right to be free of discrimination in any program that is financed by federal funds in whole or in part.

Title VI states:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Johnson City Schools complies with Title VI in all areas.

Title VI prohibits any school system or school that receives federal financial assistance from:

• Preventing a person from enrolling in a school, class, or extracurricular school activity based on race, color, or national origin.

• Arbitrarily placing a student in a school or class with the intent of separating the student from the general population of students because of the student’s race, color, or national origin.

• Setting standards or requirements as a prerequisite for entrance to a school, class, or activity to discourage minority enrollment.

• Unequally applying disciplinary action based on a student’s race, color, or national origin.

• Failing to provide the necessary language assistance to allow limited English proficient students the same opportunity to learn as English proficient students.

• Administering tests or other evaluative measures that by design or by grading do not allow minority students an opportunity to present a true measure of their abilities.

• Providing advice or guidance to minority students with the intent to direct minority students away from schools, classes, or educational activities based on their race, color or national origin.

• Providing instructional and related services to minority students that are inferior to those provided to non-minority students.


The Johnson City School System does not discriminate or condone discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, handicap or age in the provision of educational opportunities, benefits or employment. Any person who feels he or she has been discriminated against may make an inquiry or file a complaint.

Important Links

Complaints and Inquiries Contacts

Dr. Robbie Anderson, Title VI and Title IX Coordinator

Johnson City Schools

P.O. Box 1517

Johnson City, Tennessee 37605


TDOE Office for Civil Rights

Tennessee Department of Education

710 James Robertson Parkway

Nashville, Tennessee 37243

Phone: (615) 741-2921


Office of Civil Rights | U.S. Department of Education

(Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee)

Office for Civil Rights, Atlanta Office

U.S. Department of Education

61 Forsyth Street S.W., Suite 19T10

Atlanta, GA 30303-8927

Phone: (404) 974-9406

Facsimile: (404) 974-9471


The complainant should be aware he or she has the right to take the complaint to the Office for Civil Rights or take court action without fear of retaliation.


Last Updated: October 12, 2020