The NAACP's complaint, filed with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, addressed disparities in achievement, suspensions and the school-to-prison pipeline for minority students.

 

Superintendent Greg Adkins and James Muwakkil, the Lee County NAACP president, signed the agreement during a news conference at Dunbar High School. 

The Lee County NAACP complaintClick here to read it

The agreementClick here to read it

The agreement calls for the school district to have quarterly community forums, ongoing training related to structural racism, implicit bias and disparity as well as training related to the appropriate use of school resource officers.

"I know that the pieces are in place for this to be a substantive, meaningful agreement for the community and for the school district," said Cathleen Morgan, school board chairwoman.

The complaint that the NAACP filed made several allegations, including:

►Black students were more likely than white students to be suspended and expelled.

►They were more likely to be referred to law enforcement for misbehavior at school.

►They were more likely to be placed in an alternative school for disciplinary reasons.

The agreement between the NAACP and the school district was reached before the Department of Education issued any findings related to the 2017 complaint, said Ricky Watson, the attorney who represented the Lee County NAACP. He noted that complaints filed with the Department of Education can take several years to resolve.

Watson, who works for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice in North Carolina, said he plans to withdraw the complaint as a result of the settlement, but the NAACP would consider refiling the complaint if the district doesn’t adhere to the agreement.