North Atlanta HS cleared of racial discrimination charges
ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -
An internal report that investigated charges of racial discrimination and grade changing at North Atlanta High School was released on Friday.
The report by the Internal Office of Compliance said: "The evidence does not support a finding of racial discrimination or grading improprieties."
The district received numerous complaints that minority students were treated differently in the classroom, offered fewer college preparation opportunities and were even hassled for dress code violations.
"I never observed it, saw it, heard anybody talk about it," said Alix Howard, who has a daughter at the high school. "This just came out of the blue."
Other parents agreed.
"It could be behind the scenes, but as far as what I've experienced, I haven't had any experience with any racial things going on here at north Atlanta," Verlie Murry told CBS Atlanta News.
The investigation also looked into charges that grades were changed and falsified but the 166-page report said there was no evidence to support those charges.
Investigators, however, said they did find that some teachers failed to enter grades into the system in a timely manner.
While the report said the school staff broke no laws, it concluded "racial disparity and disharmony that should not be ignored." To do so, investigators said, would "seriously harm students."
"I think to the extent that there was disharmony, it would be a whole lot different today than it was maybe a year ago," said Mike Everly, chairman of the Local School Council.
Everly said changes have already been made in educational programs that will better unite those at the school.
"Black, white, Hispanic, we have a very racially diverse population, working together for one goal: educating our kids," said Everly.
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