A Groundbreaking Victory in Newark
In December 2015, the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education announced a groundbreaking resolution agreement with Newark Public Schools (“NPS”) that seeks to protect students negatively impacted by school closures. The agreement comes after a multi-year federal investigation into the negative effects of school closures on students of color and students with disabilities. The agreement seeks to resolve federal civil rights complaints filed under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by the local grassroots organization Parents Unified for Local School Education (PULSE). Filed in May 2014 with Advancement Project, a national civil rights organization, the most recent complaint raised alarms over the discriminatory impact of the One Newark Plan, which resulted in seven school closures and the takeover of five existing neighborhood schools by charter operators, disproportionately affecting African-American students.
Click here to read the Title VI Complaint