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Federal Officials Investigate Oldest Public School in U.S.

By Corey Mitchell — March 08, 2016 1 min read

The U.S. attorney’s office in Boston is launching an investigation into possible civil rights violations at Boston Latin School, the nation’s oldest public school.

Carmen Ortiz said her office will conduct an investigation into the recent complaints of racism at the highly competitive exam-entrance school, which was founded in 1635.

In January, two black students at the school launched a social-media campaign to bring attention to their complaints of racism, which they said were ignored by school administrators. Race relations have long been testy at the school, which has seen its share of black and Latino students decline in recent years, according to the Boston Globe and other news organizations.

A version of this article appeared in the March 09, 2016 edition of Education Week as Federal Officials Investigate Oldest Public School in U.S.

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