Bias Case Ends with Tuscaloosa City Schools Cleared

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Investigators with the U.S. Department of Education's office for Civil Rights have concluded that Tuscaloosa City Schools didn't discriminate against children with disabilities.

Investigators found no one to back up claims that 35 elementary students with disabilities failed to get necessary services when moved from Oak Hill School to their neighborhoods schools during the 2003-2004 school year.

Oak Hill, which teaches special-needs students, currently houses grades 6-12.

City Board of Education member James Minyard said he had been confident the school system would be cleared.

Evelyn Bowden, a resident who filed the complaint, said parents were reluctant to talk to investigators because they are protective of their children.

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