N.C. youth advocates urge U.S. Department of Education to address continued discriminatory discipline practices in Wake County schools

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RALEIGH, January 5, 2017 – Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Advocates for Children’s Services project joined the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and other youth advocates to urge the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to resolve the partners’ six-year-old complaint regarding racially discriminatory discipline practices in the Wake County Public School System.

“Discriminatory discipline practices have remained virtually unchanged over the past six years. That clearly demonstrates that the problem is systemic,” said Jennifer Story, lead attorney of Advocates for Children’s Services. “Not only are we asking for action from the U.S. Department of Education, we are asking for ongoing monitoring to ensure compliance. Otherwise, we run the risk of continuing to allow discrimination and depriving kids of the fairness and opportunities they deserve.”

Read the full press release and letter to the U.S. Department of Justice.