NAACP Files Education Discrimination Title VI Complaint Against The State Of Florida

On August 28th, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) filed a racial discrimination complaint against the Florida Education System. The NAACP Florida State Conference of Branches filed the Title VI complaint with the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education because of the state's repeated disregard of best interest for all of Florida's children.

Kweisi Mfume, NAACP President and CEO, said: "The Florida system of education is consistently ranked in the bottom tier among U.S. states. Florida children have been waiting too long for access to a high quality education. Nearly 50 years after the Supreme Court struck down 'separate but equal' in Brown v. Board of Education, Florida's schools remain segregated and its high minority districts remain under funded."

The Florida State Conferences' complaint addresses policies related to student enrollment and assignments; gifted and talented programs and advanced placement courses; special education; student discipline; standardized testing; dropout prevention; graduation policies; faculty and staff qualifications; and school financing and comparable resource policies.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. Under Title VI, the penalties waged on the state could range from forcing the state to develop and implement a specific plan to address the outlined problems, to a recommendation that federal funding be suspended.

The NAACP complaint asks that federal funds continue to the State of Florida only if it develops and implements equitable student enrollment and assignment policies that achieve racial balance in its public schools, including in its school buildings and classrooms.

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