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NAACP to address Lee County School District about racial equality

Posted at 6:15 AM, Jan 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-23 07:27:08-05

The Lee County NAACP is taking their concerns about racial equality straight to the school board.
The civil rights organization filed a lengthy civil rights complaint with the Lee County School District in September 2017.

On Tuesday the NAACP will talk about what they describe as ongoing pattern of racial discrimination in the policies and practices at the school district.

The complaint points out some statistics now that students of color make up the majority of the district. The complaint brings light to the statistics that students of color are more likely to be removed from the classroom and placed in alternative education programs. They are also more likely to be suspended, expelled, or referred to law enforcement for misbehavior in school.  It also states that students of color are more likely than white students to be designated as having a disability

The NAACP also finds issue with the fact that no candidate of color has ever won an election to the Lee County School Board. At Tuesday night's press conference the NAACP will also announce a new campaign to address these issues.

The press conference will he held at the Lee County Public Education Center at 5:30.