Richmond High School is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights on allegations of favoritism toward the “growing Latino” population at school, according to a KTVU report.
“I get my daughter come home saying, ‘Mom the math teacher, they don’t pay attention to me’. It seems like they only pay attention to maybe the Hispanic kids,” parent Myisha Dozier told the news station.
Federal officials showed up on campus Thursday and plan to be there again today to look into allegations of racial bias favoring Latinos, with some black students saying they feel left behind.
Some students said the administration is showing bias. There are grumblings, for example, over a Mexican band being tapped to perform at prom.
The West Contra Costa Unified School District provided this statement about the investigation to KTVU:
“Representatives from the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, arrived at Richmond High School on Thursday, April 13, to speak with administrators, teachers and students. OCR representatives will return on Friday, April 14. The District looks forward to continued cooperation with OCR and welcomes any recommendations to help improve on its work of providing equal educational opportunities for all students.”