Lee County School District & NAACP sign agreement over civil rights complaint

Reporter: Nicole Lauren
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The Superintendent of Lee County Schools and the President of the Lee County NAACP will hold a joint statement regarding a civil rights complaint filed in 2017

They signed a settlement agreement at Dunbar High School Tuesday morning.

The civil rights organization filed a complaint against the district in September of 2017 with with the U.S. DOE Office for Civil Rights, alleging that minority students were more likely to be disciplined than their white peers.

The 20-page complaint states that students of color are more likely to be suspended, expelled or referred to law enforcement for misbehavior in school.

The NAACP also outlined how black or Hispanic students are more likely to drop out, be kicked out, or removed from the classroom and placed in alternative educational programs.

After the complaint was filed, both Superintendent Adkins and the Lee County NAACP worked together to find a solution.

The Lee County School District says the agreement reaffirms their commitment that every student should be able to reach their fullest potential.

The district will create and fund an office of diversity and inclusion, review student disciplinary processes, train staff and hold quarterly community forums to address concerns.

Hold community forums for public conversation on a quarterly basis.

“I do believe it was transparent I think this was something that we have been working on for a long time,” Superintendent Greg Adkins said. “The school board again is part of our governing team and we work on this as a team. And I’m just glad to see we pulled it off together.”

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