Federal officials are investigating claims that Newark’s school reorganization plan discriminates against the city’s African-American students.
Parents and a local education advocacy organization filed a Civil Rights complaint in May charging the One Newark plan – set to begin in September – unfairly harms African-American children and their families. The controversial plan consolidates and relocates one-quarter of the schools in the state-run district. It also allows charter schools to operate in three city-owned facilities.
Officials in the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights confirmed an investigation began this month.