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When the Seattle schools announced their closure list in January, Seattle/King County NAACP president James Bible got kicked out of the meeting and sounded off

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NAACP To File 100 Dept. of Education Complaints Over School Closures Today

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When the Seattle schools announced their closure list in January, Seattle/King County NAACP president James Bible got kicked out of the meeting and sounded off on the district's funding priorities. Today, he sent out a press release announcing that the NAACP will file the 100 separate complaints with the U.S. Dept. of Education this afternoon.

From the press release:

Four of the five schools that have been selected for closure have minority populations that range from 99 percent to 78 percent. The other school that is slated for closure has a 50.2 percent minority population. In a city that has a relatively small minority population it is deeply concerning that the city was able to find a way to only close schools that were predominantly minority.

On 2/26/09 at 2:00 p.m. the Seattle King County NAACP will be delivering these complaints to the U.S. Department of Education office located on 915 2nd avenue in downtown Seattle.

A separate march by a group called ESP Vision (Educators, Students and Parents for a better Vision of the Seattle Schools) will go from Garfield High School to the Federal building today, where it will hold a rally at 1:30.

Bible says the NAACP is also assisting people looking to file legal appeals of the district's decision, for which the 30-day statute of limitations runs out on Monday.

 
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