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U.S. Dept. of Education investigating discrimination claims in Cedar Rapids schools

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The U.S. Department of Education is investigating claims of discrimination in Cedar Rapids schools.

According to a department spokesperson, the department's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) "is currently investigating whether the Cedar Rapids Community School District discriminates against black students on the basis of race with respect to discipline practices."

The Cedar Rapids Community School District's Community Relations Supervisor tells KWWL that representatives from the OCR will be in the district Sept. 22-25.

A Department of Education spokesperson tells KWWL that visiting school districts during an investigation is typical. Representatives will conduct interviews during that time. 

The spokesperson says the OCR cannot release any additional details regarding the visit.

According to a State of Equity report compiled earlier this year by the Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission, "African American students make up only 14 percent of Cedar Rapids School District's population, but they account for 30 percent of all in-school and 39 percent of all out-of-school suspensions."

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