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African-American parents tell federal investigators North Carolina district’s disciplinary policies and practices are discriminatory

The News & Observer reports that African-American parents, students and activists told officials from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) that Wake County School District’s (WCSD) discipline policies and practices discriminate against African-American students on the basis of race.

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Florida district allows transgender high school student to use boys’ bathroom, while student lobbies school board to adopt policy allowing transgender students to use bathroom facilities based on gender identity

According to Reuters, Nate Quinn, a transgender student who attends high school in Sarasota County, Florida, has been allowed to use the boys’ bathroom at school after months of petitioning school district officials. Quinn’s initial requests to use the boys’ bathrooms were denied by officials at Pine View School.

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States’ legislative efforts restricting transgender students’ restroom/locker room access are pushing back in response to U.S. Dep’t of Ed.’s interpretation of Title IX as applicable to transgender students

Although a number of local school districts have yielded to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) interpretation of Title IX as applying to transgender students in part out of fear of federal investigations that could cost them millions in funding, reports the Associated Press (AP) on ABC News, some state legislatures have begun pushing back on OCR’s reading of Title IX. South Dakota recently passed legislation, the first in the nation, that would require transgender children and teenagers to use the school facilities that correspond to their “chromosomes and anatomy” at birth.

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South Dakota Senate passes legislation restricting transgender students’ use of restrooms and locker rooms and sends it to governor for final approval

According to an Associated Press (AP ) report from CBS News, the South Dakota Senate, in 20-15 vote, passed a bill that would require transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their sex at birth.

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Ohio district enters into agreement with OCR ending civil rights investigation of alleged racial discrimination

Toledo Public Schools (TPS) has entered into a resolution agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), says The Blade, ending OCR’s investigation into whether TPS violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Sexual assaults an issue at both college and K-12 level say U.S, Dep’t of ED

According to Catherine E. Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Education Department (ED), the problem of sexual violence in K-12 schools is similar in many ways to the problem on college campuses, but there are also important differences, including the inexperience of young children and the power dynamics between adults and students, reports The Washington Post.

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Massachusetts district enters into resolution agreement with U.S. Department of ED’s civil rights office to close racial discrimination complaint

The Boston Globe reports that Melrose Public Schools (MPS) has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to work to prevent discrimination and to properly investigate complaints after a teacher made racially insensitive remarks to an African-American student. MPS Superintendent Cyndy Taymore acknowledged that she signed a resolution with OCR on behalf of the school district, which will remain in effect through December 2018. The teacher no longer works in the district.

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U.S. Senator’s letter to ED questions its legal basis for the department’s guidance on bullying and harassment

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) has sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) questioning whether ED has exceeded its legal authority in its efforts to push colleges to do more on sexual assault. ED is aggressively pushing colleges and universities to address campus sexual harassment and violence by promptly investigating complaints of misconduct and sanctioning anyone found to have done wrong.

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Minnesota district the target of OCR complaint for the third time in six years

After resolving two previous complaints from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Red Wing Public Schools (RWPS) is facing a third OCR complaint, says the Red Wing Republican Eagle.

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Illinois district threatens to rescind settlement with U.S. Dep’t of ED over transgender student accuses federal government of “bad faith”

The Chicago Tribune reports that Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211’s (PSHSD211) board, which voted last week to settle a transgender student’s federal complaint seeking access to the girls’ locker room facilities, is now threatening to withdraw from the agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) over alleged bad faith on the part of OCR.

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