Bastrop ISD under federal discrimination investigation
An anonymous complaint from August of 2011 has prompted a federal investigation for discrimination within the Bastrop Independent School District.
The complaint accused Bastrop ISD of racial discrimination toward African American and Hispanic students in comments or actions. It also accuses the district of discriminating against minority teachers in hiring and promoting practices.
Officials with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights will investigate the district. The investigators have asked for two years of human resources data.
“Like virtually all diverse school districts, Bastrop ISD strives to close academic achievement gaps between the sub-groups for which Texas hold us accountable,” Superintendent Steve Murray said in a statement. “Bastrop ISD strives to be transparent in its operations and educational activities, and we will welcome the opportunity to answer allegations regarding alleged practices or incidents where students and or staff could have been treated in a less than favorable or appropriate manner.”