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Education Department Seeking to Curtail Civil Rights Investigations in Schools

By The Associated Press — December 12, 2017 1 min read

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.

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A version of this article appeared in the December 13, 2017 edition of Education Week as Education Department Seeking to Curtail Civil Rights Investigations in Schools

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