As public pressure to enforce civil rights law escalates, the Department of Education released the results of its most recent civil rights investigation today. The subject of the five-year compliance review was the Toledo City School District in Ohio, where Black students make up close to half the K-12 population.
The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights routinely screens school agencies for discrimination, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits racial discrimination in federally-funded entities or projects.
While Toledo “has taken several positive steps” to keep education equitable, the investigation “did identify a number of potential Title VI compliance concerns regarding equitable access to resources for African American students, including experienced teachers, teachers with master’s degrees, and library access for K-8 students, and live distance learning classes for high school students,” the report read.
An unrelated Justice Department investigation over disparities in student discipline and provisions for English language-learners is also ongoing.
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