Federal education officials probing Wake schools

November 17, 2010 2:41:06 PM PST
The federal government says it will investigate complaints filed by the NAACP that the Wake County school board is discriminating against minority students.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights said in a letter released by the NAACP on Wednesday that it has not made any determinations about the merits of the complaints.

NAACP leaders have complained that the Wake County school board is discriminating against minority students by moving to eliminate a policy of assigning students to achieve socioeconomic diversity.

North Carolina NAACP President William Barber said he was pleased that the Department of Education was taking up the issue. An attorney for the school board did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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