Federal complaint investigates over Houston school closures

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The U.S. Department of Education's civil rights office is investigating a complaint that the Houston school district's closure of two campuses this year discriminates against black and Hispanic students.

The Office for Civil Rights confirmed Wednesday that it has launched an investigation after the school board's decision to close Jones High and Dodson Elementary, both of which enroll mostly minority students.

Most of the campuses in the Houston Independent School District serve predominantly black and Hispanic students, but community activists allege HISD has unfairly closed dozens of minority schools in recent years.

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