Special Ed Program Shut Down After Racial Discrimination Complaints

Nov 7, 2019

Indian River School District Superintendent Mark Steele
Credit School District Photo

The Indian River School District has ended its special needs program as part of a settlement reached with the Coalition for Education Reform.

The coalition filed a lawsuit in 2016 charging that the district used the George Washington Carver Academy as a dumping ground for African American students.

WBOC reports that the coalition made up of activists and parents of the special needs students at the Academy said that black students were placed at the facility on “flimsy pretexts, segregating them at Carver on arbitrary grounds.”

The settlement not only ends the program but also commits the district to provide career and technical opportunities for students grades 9 through 12.

Superintendent Mark Steele told the television station that it would use the space at the Academy for other educational purposes including overcrowding.