Carroll School District Faces Deadline to Resolve Civil Rights Violations

The Carroll Independent School District (CISD) in Southlake, Texas, faces a 90-day deadline to negotiate with the US Department of Education over civil rights violations, including allegations of racial slurs, bullying, and discrimination against Black, brown, and queer students. The district must address these issues to avoid losing federal funds and create a safer, more inclusive environment for all students. This description focuses on the primary topic of civil rights violations in the CISD, the main entities involved (CISD, US Department of Education, and affected students), the context of the school district in Southlake, Texas, and the significant actions and consequences related to the issue. The description also provides objective and relevant details that will help an AI generate an accurate visual representation of the article's content, such as the setting of a school district and the themes of diversity and inclusion.

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Carroll School District Faces Deadline to Resolve Civil Rights Violations

Carroll School District Faces Deadline to Resolve Civil Rights Violations

The Carroll Independent School District (CISD) in Southlake, Texas, is facing a 90-day deadline to negotiate with the US Department of Education over civil rights violations. Community activists claim that the Department of Education has upheld four civil rights complaints against CISD, specifically involving students who are "Black, brown, and queer."

Why this matters: The resolution of these civil rights violations has far-reaching implications for the safety and inclusivity of educational environments nationwide. Failure to address these issues can perpetuate systemic discrimination and undermine the fundamental right to education for marginalized communities.

The complaints, which date back several years, include allegations of rampant use of racial slurs, bullying, threats, and other discriminatory student behavior, with little or no consequences for the offenders. Two community groups, the Cultural & Racial Equity for Every Dragon (CREED) and the Southlake Anti-Racism Coalition (SARC), have called on CISD to resolve the discrimination complaints.

Pro football legend Russell Maryland, a community advocate, stated that the three-year investigation was independent and thorough, and violations were found. "This was a three-year investigation that was independent. It was thorough, and violations were found," said Maryland at a press conference on Tuesday.

CREED and SARC sent an open letter to CISD on May 8, urging the superintendent to address the hostile environment in CISD schools and fulfill their responsibility to protect all students. "The fact is Southlake Carroll schools chose not to do what it needed to do to shut down this behavior," said Angela Jones, a parent and CREED member.

The groups have not received a response from CISD, and the district has not commented on the allegations. The US Department of Education has also declined to comment, citing pending litigation. "We will not rest until all students can access the education they deserve," said Pam Francis, a CREED member and parent.

Anya Kushwaha, a 2016 graduate and founder of SARC, shared her own experience with discrimination in the district. "Growing up in the district as a queer, mixed-race student of color, I experienced such severe discrimination that now nearly a decade after graduating, I remain devoted to transforming the culture of the school district that raised me so no child has to endure what I did," said Kushwaha.

At the press conference, Maryland put pressure on the school board to take action. "School board, you're now on the clock. You gotta make a choice. Are you going to protect or continue to neglect?" he said. The Carroll ISD Board of Trustees is set to vote on renewing its membership in the Texas Association of School Boards on Monday.

The Carroll school district now has 90 days to negotiate a resolution with the US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. Failure to do so may result in the loss of federal funds or enforcement from the Justice Department. The clock is ticking for CISD to take concrete steps to address the civil rights violations and create a safer, more inclusive environment for all students.

Key Takeaways

  • CISD faces 90-day deadline to resolve civil rights violations with US Dept. of Education.
  • Four complaints upheld, involving Black, brown, and queer students.
  • Allegations include racial slurs, bullying, and threats with little consequence.
  • Community groups demand action to create a safer, more inclusive environment.
  • Failure to resolve may result in loss of federal funds or Justice Dept. enforcement.