The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights will open an investigation into the ACLU’s complaint against the Central Bucks School District alleging discrimination against LGBTQ+ students, the office recently announced.
The OCR is tasked with enforcing Title IX, the 1972 law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity where there’s federal funding.
Opening the investigation, the DOE stressed, “in no way implies that OCR has made a determination on their merits.
“During the investigation, the OCR is a neutral fact-finder, collecting and analyzing relevant evidence from the complainant, the district and other sources. OCR will ensure that its investigation is legally sufficient and fully responds to the allegations.”
ACLU-PA filed a complaint against CBSD on Oct. 6, on behalf of seven students who claimed the school district had a “widespread culture of discrimination against LGBTQ+, particularly transgender students.”
At the time, school board President Dana Hunter, said the school district and school board are “resolute and united in its zero tolerance for discrimination, bullying or harassment of any kind.”