Published Online: February 25, 2013

Texas school district accused of discrimination

BASTROP, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas school district where a former principal gathered all of the black eighth-graders at one campus and blamed them for bad test scores is being visited next week by U.S. Department of Education investigators looking into racial discrimination allegations.

The Austin American-Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/VC4xYj) officials with the Bastrop school district say they're ready for the visit and that the district has addressed such complaints, including implementing a new diversity plan and a new diversity committee.

Federal investigators will be looking at six allegations, including claims high school football coaches told Hispanic players to "run like you're crossing the border" and complaints that teachers systematically edged minority students out of applying for the National Honor Society.

The Bastrop district is located about 30 miles southeast of Austin.

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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com


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