Civil Rights Complaints Explode

Civil Rights Complaints Explode

Washington, D.C.

The United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights recently reported that the annual number of complaints it received since the beginning of President Barack Obama’s administration has more than doubled. The number of reports increased from 6,364 in fiscal year 2009 to 16,720 in fiscal year 2016. The report, released by the agency last week, noted the kinds of ongoing civil rights issues seen by the department in the nation’s schools. They ranged from issues like teacher and staffing inequities, to chronic absenteeism. In addition, it highlighted an ongoing area of concern that has garnered broad nation attention—the racial disparities in school discipline policies.

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