Dept. of Education to Look into Florida School-Bias Claims

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Investigators from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights will examine allegations of race-based discrimination in Brevard Public Schools.

Four issues detailed in a complaint by the North Brevard Chapter of the NAACP will be investigated: The rate of suspensions among black students; the hiring of black teachers; the promotion of black teachers; and plans to close three schools with a high percentage of black students, while keeping open a school serving mostly white students.

School Board Chair Barbara Murray declined to comment because it’s an ongoing investigation. Brevard leaders have said they are working to reduce suspensions of all students, not just black students, and have staff training and school-based programs already in place.

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