- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah says federal investigators will probe allegations that minority students are subjected to harsher discipline and more police supervision in Salt Lake City schools.

The organization said Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Education investigation comes in response to a complaint from school board member Michael Clara.

ACLU spokeswoman Anna Brower says that minority students at the Salt Lake City School District are more likely to get suspended or expelled, and the unfair treatment means more fail to graduate and end up in prison.

The investigation by the department’s Office of Civil Rights was confirmed in a letter this month. It’s not clear when it will be completed.

District spokesman Jason Olsen says the schools are looking forward to the review and learning new ways to address any possible problems.

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