Obama to boost civil rights enforcement in schools

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - The Obama administration plans to toughen civil rights enforcement in the nation's schools with a broad review touching on everything from academics to discipline.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced the initiative Monday during a speech in Selma, where he helped commemorate the 45th anniversary of a bloody confrontation between voting rights demonstrators and law enforcement. He spoke from the bridge that marchers had crossed when the attack took place in 1965. Duncan said the Education Department's civil rights office hasn't been as vigilant as needed over the last decade. The agency will soon begin conducting reviews to determine whether students have equal access to opportunities, including college-prep classes.

Duncan said it also will issue a series of guidelines to public schools and colleges addressing issues of fairness and equity.

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