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After 4 Years, Feds Close Civil Rights Probe of Cedar Rapids Schools

A four-year federal civil rights investigation into the Cedar Rapids school district has ended with investigators finding insufficient or no evidence of the district discriminating against African-American students.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights opened the investigation in 2014 after receiving three related complaints that black students at Washington High School were subjected to harsher punishment than their white peers. The complaints spurred a federal probe of the entire district, where some 16,000 students are enrolled.

According to a U.S. Department of Education letter dated March 27 that describes the investigators’ conclusions, “the preponderance of the evidence does not establish a violation” of civil rights law.