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Newark Schools Under Investigation for Discrimination

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Public schools in Newark, N.J. are being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education due to complaints of racial discrimination.

Just a few days after federal officials found some alarming information regarding police protocol, New Jersey’s largest city is under fire again after claims that school closings and other plans disproportionately affect black students.

“The Office for Civil Rights is investigating whether the Newark Public Schools’ enactment of the ‘One Newark’ plan … discriminates against black students on the basis of race,” an Education Department spokesman said in a statement.

The ‘One Newark’ plan has been criticized because it simply moves to close underperforming schools, instead of working to fix them for some of the most disadvantaged students who attend them.

More than half of Newark’s residents are Black. White students make up about 8 percent of Newark schools, but represent less than 1 percent of the students directly affected, the Huffington Post reports.

The investigation began this month.