Community Meeting to Release and Discuss U.S. Department of Education's Compliance Review Of The Toledo Public Schools

PRESS RELEASE

TO BE RELEASED IMMEDIATELY

October 22, 2010

On May 1, 2009 The African American Parents' Association along with the Concerned Citizens in Support of African American students filed a complaint with the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights.The complaint was initially sent to Mr. Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education. We were advised to file the complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights. The complaint was filed and members of these organizations met with four members of the Office of Civil Rights Cleveland.in June 2009 for 3-4 hours discussing what we felt was a progression of racial discriminating existing in the Toledo Public School Sstem.

On September 28, 2010, the Office of Civil Rights after evaluating the complaint for almost 17 months notified the superintendent of the Toledo Public Schools that a Compliance Review was being initiated.

Here is the Notification:
On September 28, 2010, OCR initiated a compliance review of the Toledo Public School District. This compliance review will assess whether the District is discriminating against students on the basis of race through its policies, procedures, or practices regarding distribution of resources, including staff, programs, instructional support, and facilities. It should be emphasized that at this time OCR has reached no conclusions as to whether a violation of any Federal law exists.

This came from Terri Whynter, the investigator assigned to the original complaint to OCR, in Cleveland. The complaint was filed on May 1, 2009.

On October 25, 2010, a community meeting will be held at the J.B Simmons Center, located at 1001 Indiana, Toledo, Ohio to release and discuss information concerning the Compliance Review. We feel strongy that the Toledo Public School System has violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race,color or national origin.in its unfair and inhumane treatment of it's minority students, teachers and building contractors.

When: Monday, October 25, 2010 at 10:00 A.M.
Where: J.B Simmons Center located at 1001 Indiana, Toledo, Ohio.

Contact:
Twila Page 419-243-3813
Ben Williams 419-535-1289.

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I'm probably just scratching the surface in terms of available information, but after reading the end of this release, two questions immediately came to mind.

  1. By definition, inhumane generally refers to treatment that lacks compassion or causes excessive suffering. That is a pretty inflammatory and serious accusation to be making, so what do the groups filing the complaint deem to be inhumane?
  2. What ethnicity/race is being considered a minority in this complaint? I know it's probably an over-simplified question, but still worth asking. According to the 2009-10 District Report Card, the breakdown was as follows:
      • Black, non-Hispanic - 45.0%
      • White, non-Hispanic - 40.8%
      • Hispanic - 8.4%

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