- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The Newark school system has reached an agreement with federal education officials to halt an investigation into its “One Newark” reorganization plan.

Department of Education Office of Civil Rights Director Timothy Blanchard said in a letter sent to the district last week that its preliminary investigation after parent activists filed suit found that a significantly disproportionate number of black students were affected.

The district has agreed to address the alleged discrimination. It will hand over assessments of students in schools that were closed, moved or changed into charter schools. It will also address any adverse effects on students harmed by the reorganization.

The “One Newark” plan was put in place by former Superintendent Cami Anderson. She told investigators that changes were based on performance, deteriorating facilities and low enrollment, not race.

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