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Federal agency withholds some Chicago Public Schools funding

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal officials are withholding millions of dollars in grant money from Chicago Public Schools following allegations that the district failed to protect students from sexual violence.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the U.S. Department of Education informed the district Thursday that it had suspended this year’s $4 million installment of the Magnet Schools Assistance Program grant. The $14.9 million grant was awarded last year.

A district spokesman says the district will appeal.

The federal agency says the district can’t demonstrate that it’s meeting civil rights obligations to address specific sexual violence complaints or larger patterns of harm.

The department’s Office for Civil Rights says it’s found “serious and pervasive” violations of Title IX, which is a federal law that protects students from abuse, harassment and gender-based discrimination.

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Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com

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