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Civil Rights Commission Launches Probe Into DoEd, Other Agencies

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, an independent agency charged with advising Congress and the president, has launched a two-year investigation into civil rights practices at several federal agencies under the Trump administration, including the Education Dept. (DoEd). The commission plans to t...

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Mom Sues to Get Children Back from Native American Communities

A Minnesota mother of two minor children, along with the grandmother of the children, files a lawsuit against the state Department of Human Services and two Native American communities and their tribal courts for usurpation of her parental rights. Kimberly Watso and her mother Kaleen Dietrich charg...

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Children’s Hospital Fined for Lack of Cyber Security

The Health and Human Services Dept. has fined the Children's Medical Center of Dallas $3.2 million for its lack of cybersecurity that exposed the private data of thousands of its pediatric patients, the department said. The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) assessed the penalty under the Health In...

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Florida Challenges DoEd Over ELL Rules

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) challenges the Education Dept's rejection of Florida's testing rules for English language learners after state lawmakers passed legislation this spring saying that ELL test results would not be immediately included in accountability measures reported to DoEd. Sco...

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Mississippi District Promises to End Disciplinary System that Targeted Black Students

The Education Dept. reaches an out-of-court settlement with Tupelo Public School District over allegations that its disciplinary system meted out more harsh penalties for black students compared to white students. DoEd's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) found that black students had been disprop...

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Judge Rules Texas School Finance System Unconstitutional

A Travis County state district judge issues a final judgment that Texas' school finance system imposed a property tax that violates the state constitution and the state legislature failed to adequately fund K-12 classroom instruction. State District Judge John Dietz ruled that the state educat...

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Michigan School District Agrees to Improve ELL Instruction

A suburban Detroit school district reaches an out-of-court settlement with the Justice Dept. over allegations that it did not provide adequate instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) and then retaliated against staffers who blew the whistle on the problems. The 3,350-student Crestwood...

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Louisiana District Agrees to Settlement, Will Halt Bullying of Minority Students

In a broad out-of-court settlement, the Jefferson Parish Public School System in Louisiana agrees to stop the harassment of Hispanic students and make sure that English-Language Learners are given the same classroom opportunities as non-minority students. A federal investigation was launched a...

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Washington Court Threatens to Shut Down Schools Over $6.8B Funding Gap

Washington State's lawmakers must make better progress in fixing the state's K-12 funding system and close a $6.8 billion funding gap or the state's highest court will shut down the state school system. The state Supreme Court issued the order earlier this month in a long-running battle over...

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DoEd Settles ELL Complaint against Pennsylvania School District

The Education Dept. (DoEd) settles a discrimination case against a Pennsylvania school district after a department investigation showed the district was not providing equal access for English Language Learner students. The review centered on the Hazleton, PA, Area School District and allegation...

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