N.Y. state attorney general investigating discipline in Syracuse schools

Monday, December 9, 2013

The state Attorney General's Office has initiated an investigation involving discipline in the Syracuse school district and has subpoenaed documents, the district acknowledged.

A statement released by the district this morning, following an inquiry by The Post-Standard, said the attorney general is investigating the district's compliance with civil rights laws and the rights of students with disabilities.

"The Syracuse City School District welcomes this investigation and has been cooperating with the Attorney General's Office through the investigation," the statement said.

Two well-placed sources, including a building principal, told The Post-Standard that all principals were involved in collecting documents from their schools over the past month to satisfy the subpoena.

The Attorney General's Office did not return calls seeking comment.

Syracuse Teachers Association President Kevin Ahern confirmed Thursday that he was told by the district that the investigation involved discipline issues, but that he was given few details.

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