In what federal officials called a historic enforcement action to protect students from sexual violence, Chicago Public Schools has entered into a legally binding agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and pledged extensive reforms in its handling of abuse and assault cases.
“This is one of the deepest dives that we have done” of a major urban public school district, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Kenneth Marcus said of his office’s yearslong investigation.
“This is an extraordinary and appalling case,” Marcus added. “It is one of the worst that we have seen in the elementary, secondary school context.”
He said the civil rights office is now holding the district accountable.
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“We’re not talking about minor tweaks to policy. We’re talking about a substantial overhaul,” Marcus said. It was not immediately clear if the resolution would affect a pending federal lawsuit over more than $4 million in withheld grant funding for magnet programs at three elementary schools.
Epidemic issue apparently.