Education Dep’t Using Civil Rights Law to Forcefully Place More Black Students into Advanced Placement Classes

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(CNSNews.com) – In a first-of-its-kind civil rights agreement, the Obama administration has struck a deal with the public school system in Opelika, Alabama to get more African-American students into Advanced Placement classes.

The Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights launched its investigation under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to find out if the Lee County School District was providing “equal opportunity and equal access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses and other higher-level learning opportunities” that prepare students for success in their college years and beyond.

The data demonstrated that, district-wide, African-American high school students were underrepresented in AP and higher level courses, including in all higher level mathematics courses, particularly in calculus and statistics courses.

Investigators found that a disproportionately low number of African American students were enrolled in eighth-grade algebra, which prepares students for the district’s highest-level math and science classes, including AP courses. The investigation also found that advanced math was offered to seventh-graders in the district’s predominantly white middle schools, but not at the district’s predominantly black middle school. Continue Reading

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