A Baltimore school system is under investigation by the state for “disgracifying” racial bias, according to a new report.
The report released by the Maryland Attorney General’s Office last week says that the district of Baltimore City has failed to provide “sufficient information” to ensure the safety and welfare of all students.
The Baltimore Sun reports that the Office of Education has also sent letters to the district’s board and superintendent in an effort to make sure the schools comply with the new guidelines.
The Attorney General has launched an investigation into the issue.
The office has launched the investigation to determine whether the Baltimore City School System has been using racial bias as a means to punish minority students and to ensure that the school system’s policies and procedures are in compliance with the state’s Fair Access Act.
The new report, which is being conducted by the Attorney General, also alleges that the Baltimore school board and school board members have failed to adequately address issues that have been identified as contributing to racial discrimination, including student conduct issues, student achievement and absenteeism.
“The school system has not provided the necessary information to ensure students’ safety and safety of students, including the use of racial bias in the admissions process,” the report reads.
“It is also unclear to the Attorney’s Office how the school district can be confident that the use and/or enforcement of the Fair Access Acts does not impact student safety and/to the extent possible ensure that students are not discriminated against.”
The attorney general’s office has also asked that the Maryland Office of Civil Rights (OCR) open a civil rights investigation into how the Baltimore city school system operates.
“In light of the ongoing criminal investigation, the OCR is committed to ensuring the safety of all our students, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, gender expression, or gender expression expression related to education,” the office said in a statement.
The OCR declined to comment further on the report.
Earlier this year, the Baltimore Post reported that the OCS has been receiving “several hundred” complaints a year about racial discrimination in Baltimore schools.
The school system was criticized by several civil rights groups and lawmakers for not doing enough to address these issues.
The district has also faced criticism for its failure to comply with a federal law, Title IX, which prohibits schools from discriminating on the basis of sex.
A 2016 report by the U.S. Department of Education found that the federal law does not prohibit discrimination against minority students in schools and that “no schools in the District of Columbia have received a complaint of a Title IX violation in the last five years.”
The Office of Student Success and Opportunity in Baltimore also found that, in 2015, the school was among 17 districts in the country that “fails to fully comply with Title IX’s requirements for the reporting of harassment or violence on campus.”
The district also failed to comply in 2015 with a new requirement from the Office for Civil Rights that the city of Baltimore comply with other federal civil rights law and take affirmative action on issues related to discrimination against students, according the report by The Post.
The attorney’s office also cited a policy that requires schools to use “a clear policy and program” to address any issues that arise from the use or enforcement of Fair Access laws.
“Baltimore City schools have an opportunity to ensure compliance with federal civil and equal rights laws and fair access laws by adopting an inclusive and inclusive environment that promotes diversity and supports inclusive learning,” the attorney general said in its report.