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Feds Investigating Discrimination Claims Against County Schools

The NAACP claims that Anne Arundel County Public Schools discriminate against African-Americans when disciplining students.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights recently announced its plans to investigate the NAACP’s allegations that Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) discriminates against African-American children when disciplining students.

Last year, the Anne Arundel County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) claimed that African-American students were and disproportionately suspended or expelled by AACPS. In 2004, the NAACP also filed a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights, establishing a “” plan to close the achievement gap between African-American and white children in the county.

The Office of Civil Rights' decision to investigate the claims were announced recently, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Carl O. Snowden, director for civil rights in the state Office of the Attorney General, was involved in the 2004 complaint and told The Sun, “Eight years later, the numbers haven’t gone down. This particular new complaint … will hopefully provide some leadership around this issue.”

AACPS spokesman Bob Mosier agreed that the process hasn’t gone as quickly as Superintendent Kevin Maxwell would have liked.

“[Maxwell] has been very honest about the fact that while there’s been progress, it has not been good enough and at a pace that he and others would like,” Mosier told Patch. “It’s not an easy ship to right to be perfectly honest.”

Mosier said AACPS has been “looking very closely” at the claims ever since the NAACP first approached the school system, even before the Office of Civil Rights announced its own investigation.

“Over the last year or so we’ve really taken a close look and are still digging into discipline statistics and looking at what discipline was handed out and what were the factors involved,” Mosier said. “That’s what we’re trying to get at … not only the ‘what’ but the ‘why.’” 

Anne Arundel NAACP President Jacqueline Boone Allsup told The Sun that she hopes the investigation establishes concrete programs to prevent discrimination in the future.

Mosier said the school system is still investigating and he expects to release findings later this year.

tom August 29, 2012 at 11:32 AM
I agree that it's either racist or just plain ignorant. The vast majority of white people are disgusted by the existence of the KKK and skinheads. They certainly don't represent me or anyone I know. At the same time, Latrice unwittingly makes the point that groups that exclude other races are wrong. They have a tendancy to perpetuate ignorance, animosity and distrust, despite the often well-intentioned mission of the group.
Mumof7 September 07, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I am a mother of a former student in AA County who was in the " Club" they had for black males and I personally was offended! Yeah, he wore his shirt as a badge of pride while I looked at it as a badge of shame! Making it obvious to everyone that he was 'lesser' and needed this clique to feel like a valued young man!?! This club and situation sparked him being approached by others books knocked out his had and a whole lot of whispers! But not to the tune of 'it's not fair' it was more like 'poor little black kid must have problems so he needs special attention'. Those comments sparked action on my husband his DAD who lives with him part! We pulled his tail out and homeschooled him! I know what the statistics are and we will not let our child be one or hide behind one! Also, the fight that sparked from other race children didnt start with him as the agressor but lead to his suspension because it was involving him and he did defend himself! I'm also sadden that once again it is a stigma here that all the 'African-American' children are not "disciplined properly at youth so they are problems in school". I'm sadden by the fact that blacks have to have special programs and such to create unity. I also find it disturbing that after all these years we are still pigeon holed as the 'daddy less, anger issues, ignorant and the like!' I'm tired of that foolishness. We are not the minority anymore but our mindset as well as others towards us has not changed. Sigh
Patrick H. September 07, 2012 at 09:51 PM
A few items of significant concer: 1-About the African American boys club only. If there were a muslims only group would the school allow it or investigate it for terrorist ties? And if there can be a group like this that blatantly discriminates against all but african americans why aren't the boy scouts allowed on school properties because when they do not believe in the homosexual agenda? 2-Having been involved in a situation where the Justice Department was investigating Cheltenham Youth Facility for Civil Rights Violations it amaxed me that even after being found culpable (guilty for those not versed in legalize) on literally hundresd of violations the Department of Juvenile Services (Dept. of uv. Justice at the time) was allowed to enter into a consent decree where they simply promised not to get caught again. there is little doubt in my mind that the same will happen here. These investigations are public eyewash and go nowhere. What is wrong with the principal at this school that they would allow this type of discrimination and why isn't anyone shooting about it to the school board? Racism is racism whether it be by whites or blacks. And to Carol Nida - 'whites have the KKK' - you need to get some help concerning race relations. I'm white and I would never support the KKK's agenda.
hawkeye September 07, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Dear Mumof7….you can thank the government for promoting this situation…and because of entitlement programs since the 1960's (some were necessary and good but like anything else where the government is concerned…gone to the extreme) we have seen a decline in the black homes, and black families failing. Your family is an enigma and the system doesn't know how to deal with you. You did the right thing taking your son out of public school because like ALL parents of public school kids, we are their advocates….not the teachers, administrators, school board members or the bureaucracy on Riva Road. God bless you and your family.
Carol Nida September 09, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Dear Patrick H. - my comment was quoting what was written by Latrice!!!!!! This is not my quote. Read my message again. Why do you think I told Latrice to look in the mirror? I am also European American and was offended by Latrice's remark that implied "white people" have their own groups such as the KKK and skin heads! I think you owe me an apology. I was defending you white butt against this racist remark.

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