In a recent article, a second bi-racial parent has filed a civil rights complaint with the United States Office of Civil Rights. The parent alleges that her child has been victimized by teachers, staff, and students. Lebanon teachers can prepare for alleged racism in schools civil rights complaints by using several strategies including the Raccelerate Racism Formula.

According to the article, the complaint accuses Lebanon Junior High School teachers of making and tolerating racist comments, segregating black students in the back of the classroom and of singling out black students for alleged violations of the school’s dress code while not enforcing those same policies for white students.

The complaint also alleges school teachers and administrators did not respond to reported instances of racial bullying by other students.

The specifics of the complaint include:

One area that the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights will inspect regarding the civil rights complaint is the school districts policy on harassment and intimidation. Presently, Lebanon Public Schools has an anti-harassment policy and process.

  • Lebanon teachers should take is to use the anti-harassment policy as an opportunity to address problems associated with civil rights complaints by beginning the process of transforming the perception that students have of teacher intentions.
  • Lebanon teachers should post the anti-harassment policy in their classroom visible for all students to view.
  • Lebanon teachers should conduct school wide lesson plans regarding the anti-harassment policy.

Another area that the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights will investigate as a response to the civil rights complaint is the perception that students and parents have regarding teachers and administrative staff. While the teachers and administrative staff cannot undue what has happened in the past they can implement a process that promotes positive racial teacher student classroom relationships.

Another area that the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights will investigate as a response to the civil right complaint is the complaint process. Lebanon teachers should develop a process with students have input on the steps that students should follow in the event that they feel discriminated against.

Another area that the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights will investigate is suspensions. Teachers and the School district can use the Raccelerate Racism Formula to determine if they could be deemed a racist. For teachers who find themselves in the category considered racist they can become proactive and put other strategies in place.

Teachers who follow the above mentioned steps will begin the transform the perception that students have regarding their intentions. This provide each teacher with evidence that they have began a process for addressing recent civil rights complaints.

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