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Cleveland settles civil rights complaint over Hispanic students and STEM schools
U.S. Department of Education notes few Latino students are enrolled in math-science high schools

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M.L. Schultze
In The Region:

The U.S. Department of Education has settled a civil rights complaint that Cleveland schools are under-enrolling Latino students in science and math high schools.

Only 130 of the nearly 5,600 Hispanic students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District last school year were enrolled in the four science, technology, engineering and mathematics schools. The education department’s civil right office also notes that none of the schools are on the west side, where Hispanic students are concentrated.

The agreement commits the district to forming a committee and to developing a plan by the end of this school year to promote STEM programs among limited English speakers. Cleveland also is promising to monitor student enrollment, improve academic counseling services and retrain district staff as needed.

The department says Cleveland fully cooperated in investigating and resolving the complaint. 

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