- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 29, 2015

MELROSE, Mass. (AP) - A public school district in Massachusetts is responding to the findings of a months-old federal civil rights inquiry.

Melrose Superintendent Cyndy Taymore announced Tuesday she signed a resolution with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights earlier this month pledging to improve the district’s efforts at preventing discrimination.

Among the measures Taymore highlighted was the October hiring of a “harassment officer” to ensure complaints are properly investigated and to help with training programs for teachers.

In September, the federal civil rights office determined a middle school student was “subjected to harassment based on race” by a teacher in the spring of 2014 and that school officials did not adequately review the matter.

Taymore says the unnamed teacher was placed on administrative leave after the incident and no longer works in the district.



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