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Friday, October 1, 2010

North Carolina Schools Vs Feds: Landmark Segregation Investigation

Feds Reviewing NAACP Complaint Against Wake County Schools

We could be a month away from knowing whether the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice will investigate the federal civil rights complaint that the NAACP filed last Friday against the Wake County school system.

Officials from both Federal agencies say they're currently reviewing the complaint to see whether they'll investigate. They say they should know whether they'll proceed within a month.

If the feds do come, you could see a repeat of what happened in Wayne County when the state NAACP filed a complaint against them as well. You had the feds holding public hearings in the community to get feedback for their investigation.

Thousands of Title VI complaints are filed annually with the federal government.

But as Wendy Parker, a Wake Forest University School of Law professor and expert on civil rights law, said in Sunday's article, the national attention Wake has gotten over the school diversity fight means an investigation is likely.

"This investigation is not something they're going to put on the back burner," Parker said.

If you're interested, N.C. Policy Watch has posted the attachments to the Title VI complaint on its Progressive Pulse blog.

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Sources: McClatchy Newspapers, NAACP, NC Policy Watch Blog, Progressive Pulse, WRAL, Google Maps

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