Equity and Civil Rights

Gender-Inclusive Schools Webinar

Watch the Creating Gender-Inclusive Schools in Washington webinar for an overview of the legal protections, in place for Washington K-12 students, for creating and maintaining a gender-inclusive learning environment.

Equity and Civil Rights ensures that each student has equal access to public education without discrimination.

Washington state law prohibits discrimination in public schools on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, the use of a trained dog guide or service animal, age, and honorably discharged veteran or military status.

Complaints & Concerns about Discrimination

Informal and formal dispute resolution options available under state and federal law for complaints about discrimination. In addition, these pages include contact information for each school district and charter school’s civil rights coordinators.

Information for Families

Find information about rights under nondiscrimination laws for students, families, and communities.

Resources for School Districts

Information for school districts on their obligations under state and federal nondiscrimination laws. For example, guidance, tools, resources, professional development, and sample materials.

Nondiscrimination Law & Policy

State and federal nondiscrimination laws and regulations that apply to Washington public schools, including OSPI’s Guidelines for eliminating discrimination in public schools.