According to the complaint filed with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, the assistant principal at the school admitted in a recorded phone conversation that she was aware of the class separation the principal created, señalando que “class lists are always tough” and that she wished the school had more Black children.
CNN has reviewed the recordings referenced in the complaint, which was provided by Shields.
The elementary school has
599 students in grades kindergarten through fifth
, according to the Georgia Department of Education’s latest data
. De aquellos, 60 students are Black
, according to the ethnicity/race breakdown
The second-grade class has 98 estudiantes, 12 of whom are Black and 81 are White, los datos muestran.
Ian Smith, who heads the Atlanta Public Schools’ Office of Communications and Public Engagement, told CNN that the district conducted a review of the allegations and that “appropriate actions were taken to address the issue and the matter was closed.”
Smith added: “Atlanta Public Schools does not condone the assigning of students to classrooms based on race.
The principal named in the complaint still holds her position
, according to Mary Lin Elementary School’s sitio web
Posey wants more to be done, saying that she and her husband faced retaliation for expressing their concerns over the class separation, la denuncia dice.
She is asking the Office of Civil Rights to help “end the practice of designating certain classes as the only classes that black students can be placed in at Mary Lin.”
“Además, I would like APS (Atlanta Public Schools) to remove the entire leadership team at Mary Lin,” Posey wrote in her request to the OCR.
“The Administrators there have demonstrated poor professional judgement by instituting this discriminatory practice and subsequently engaging in retaliatory acts. Como tal, they should not be trusted to make educational decisions for my child or any other children.”
Principal retaliated against parents, complaint says
In the complaint, Posey said she and her husband “suffered retaliatory acts” after they spoke against the discriminatory class separation at the school.
The principal allegedly requested that Posey’s husband, who has been serving as a school psychologist at the school for eight years, be transferred to another school, Posey wrote in the complaint.
Posey is a former Atlanta Public Schools employee who now runs her own company, The Club After School, which offers after-school programs at schools in APS and DeKalb County School District, según la denuncia.
The principal allegedly attempted to cut Posey’s services from the school, according to a conversation she had with Yolanda Brown, the chief academic officer at APS, with whom a recorded phone conversation also took place, la denuncia dice.
Posey said she’s been running the school’s after-school program since 2018, la denuncia dice.
An Education Department spokesperson told CNN the Office for Civil Rights “may not confirm complaints prior to the opening of an investigation.”