Claims of racial discrimination investigated in Newark school reorganization

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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.

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