- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Santa Fe Public Schools has avoided a civil rights investigation by pledging to improve website accessibility for people with disabilities.

The U.S. Department of Education announced the settlement Wednesday with 11 education organizations in seven states and one territory.

Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights, says the Santa Fe Public Schools and others in the settlement promised to revamp websites to make them accessible to people with disabilities.

Previous investigations found that on all 11 websites important images were missing text descriptions, called “alt tags.” The tags describe the images to blind and low-vision users who use special software. Probes also found that some videos were not accurately captioned.

The Nevada Department of Education and the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind were also part of the settlement.

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