The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating allegations of discrimination in a Texas school district, NBC News reports.

Why it matters: Carroll Independent School District, which is located in wealthy, suburban Southlake, Texas, has been at the forefront of the ongoing national battle over how to teach students about racial issues.

The department notified Carroll ISD’s officials that it has opened three investigations into complaints about discrimination against students based on their race, gender and national origin, according to NBC News.

The Department of Education has the power to require a school district to make policy changes and submit to federal monitoring.


District officials promised to make sweeping changes three years ago, after a video of Southlake high school students chanting the N-word went viral — though those changes never came.

In Southlake’s most recent elections, candidates running on an anti-critical race theory platform won the majority of school board seats, effectively killing the proposed diversity plan.

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