OKCPS Under Investigation For Discrimination Complaints

Tuesday, December 16th 2014, 8:15 am
By: News 9

Oklahoma City Public Schools District said the U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights Office is investigating complaints.

OKCPS Superintendent Rob Neu gave his 100-day transition report to the School Board on December 8. He admitted the district is being investigated by the U.S. Education Department's Office of Civil Rights on three complaints of discrimination.

It accuses the district of not providing equal opportunities to male and female high school students, discriminating against black students and students with disabilities for alternative education placement, and for retaliating and discriminating against Hispanic and black students when discipline is necessary.

There are 40,000 students in the OKCPS, and about a quarter of them are black. Superintendent Neu admits the district is failing to support those students, and because of that, they are falling behind academically.

The district said it can't share any more details because this is an ongoing legal issue, but it is working to identify strategies to address the complaints and get all students to perform better.

Superintendent Neu was not legally obligated to disclose this federal investigation publicly, but has said he wanted the district to be transparent about all challenges the district is facing.