SPLC complaint: Schools in Alabama town discriminating against black children | Southern Poverty Law Center

SPLC complaint: Schools in Alabama town discriminating against black children | Southern Poverty Law Center – The SPLC filed a federal civil rights complaint today over discipline and arrest policies in Dothan public schools that disproportionately push African Americans and students with disabilities out of school for minor misconduct. The complaint, which comes a week after the Dothan City Board of Education adopted revised discipline policies, describes deeply entrenched, systemic problems that the new policies fail to address. They include the practice of pushing students into the district’s alternative school, which criminalizes students and ultimately sets them up for failure. The SPLC, which worked with the school board on the policy revisions, alleged in the complaint to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights that the district routinely violates the civil rights of black children and children with disabilities. The complaint comes a decade after the district was released from its federal desegregation order.

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