On April 9, 2012, OCR resolved a complaint filed against Pitt County Schools (the District). The complaint alleged that the District had a program, which it called MEASURE, during the 2008-2009 academic year at its Conley High School (the School), and that this program was aimed, in part, at increasing ‘“non-Caucasian’ participation in AP [Advanced Placement] classes.” OCR determined that there were no indications that there had been a violation of Title VI and stated that it would not open the case for investigation. OCR further stated that an allegation that a school district has a goal of increasing the participation of minority students in advanced academic programs such as AP classes does not in itself raise an issue of noncompliance with Title VI. This is particularly so where, as is undisputed here, minority student participation in AP classes had been substantially less than that of non-minority students. As the District stated, the program was “intended to encourage more participation from minority students in AP courses, but does not in any way prevent Caucasian students from taking AP courses.
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