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Education Department Seeking to Curtail Civil Rights Investigations in Schools

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The U.S. Department of Education wants to narrow the scope of civil rights investigations at schools, focusing on individual complaints rather than systemic problems, according to a document obtained by the Associated Press.

Under the Obama administration, when a student complained of discrimination in a particular class or school, the education agency would examine the case but also look at whether the incident was part of a broader, systemic problem that needed to be fixed. Proposed revisions, distributed last month among civil rights officials at the department, remove the word "systemic" from the guidelines.

The changes would also give schools a greater say in how a case is handled, compared with the student or parent who filed the complaint, and would eliminate the appeals process.

Vol. 37, Issue 15, Page 4

Published in Print: December 13, 2017, as Education Department Seeking to Curtail Civil Rights Investigations in Schools
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