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U.S. Dept. Of Education Finds Racial Discrimination In East Ramapo Schools

The U.S. Department of Education has determined some claims of racial discrimination in the East Ramapo School District are founded and will closely monitor an agreement with the district to address the issues.
The U.S. Department of Education has determined some claims of racial discrimination in the East Ramapo School District are founded and will closely monitor an agreement with the district to address the issues. Photo Credit: ercsd.org

RAMAPO, N.Y. -- The U.S. Department of Education has determined some claims of racial discrimination in the East Ramapo School District are founded and will closely monitor an agreement with the Rockland district to address the issues, according to a story on lohud.com.

In a letter this week to the Spring Valley branch of the NAACP, the department's Office for Civil Rights determined a disproportionate number of out-of-district placements for special education students went to white children, lohud.com said.

The office had reviewed NAACP complaints of racial discrimination based on race and national origin, including claims that Yiddish-language classes were offered more frequently than Spanish- and Creole-language classes, the story said.

Last month, East Ramapo agreed to a 12-point plan to address concerns over discrimination, particularly over the district's procedures for placement of special education students and in the development of alternative language programs, lohud.com said.

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