U.S. Officials Determine East Ramapo Discriminated Against Students

According to the Spring Valley NAACP the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has determined that the East Ramapo School District was racially discriminatory when it came to certain programs. The office recently completed an investigation into claims filed by the NAACP that white students were more often placed in out-of-district special needs programs than African American or Hispanic children. Following the determination that the claims were founded, the district agreed to implement a plan that would focus on preventing discrimination. Part of the 12-step plan will also be to create an alternative language program, due to further complaints that Yiddish classes were offered more than Spanish or Creole language classes. Officials with the Office for Civil Rights will be monitoring the plan to ensure that each child gets a fair education and they will be ready to resume the investigation if necessary.

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