Government investigates race in Florida school discipline

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Six months after the Obama administration issued new recommendations on classroom discipline – seeking to end what it sees as racial disparities – the federal government is investigating the Hillsborough County school district for its practices in dealing with violations of school rules.

In a June 9 letter to the district, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights cites a complaint alleging Hillsborough discriminates against black students by subjecting them to harsher discipline than white students and by denying access to experienced teachers for schools serving poorer students.

The complaint was filed by community activist Marilyn Williams, a retired educator who has served on the education committee for the local chapter of the NAACP.

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