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Advocacy Groups Blast FBI Anti-Terrorism Site

By Andrew Ujifusa — August 22, 2016 1 min read

Several education advocacy groups have harshly criticized an FBI website designed to prevent the spread of “violent extremism” in American schools, saying it will harm the schools and students it’s targeting.

The American Federation of Teachers; AASA, the School Superintendents Association; the League of United Latin American Citizens; and other organizations expressed their concerns to FBI Director James Comey in an Aug. 9 letter. U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. was copied on the letter, which expressed specific concerns about Muslim students and those with Middle Eastern backgrounds.

“Racial profiling is marginalizing” for children and will only “exacerbate the bullying and profiling of Middle Eastern and Muslim students,” the letter says.

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A version of this article appeared in the August 24, 2016 edition of Education Week as Advocacy Groups Blast FBI Anti-Terrorism Site

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