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Attorney General investigates Syracuse City School District

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Attorney General investigates Syracuse City School District
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The Syracuse City School District is under investigation by the Civil Rights Bureau of the State Attorney Generals' Office. Superintendent Sharon Contreras said the district received a subpoena for tens of thousands of records back in October.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The records go back three years, and are made up of demographic data, disciplinary data and student assignments.

In a past meeting with the superintendent, some community members voiced concern over the rate of minority suspensions compared to those of white students.

Contreras said the Attorney General's Office has received numerous complaints, but they have not specified about what.

Friday, she admitted the district has probably committed some violations, relating to due process of timing of notifications of parents.

"It is likely that they have, but I believe that we are putting good remedies in place, and that the Attorney General will see that we are trying to remedy some of the violations that have taken place in the past," said Superintendent Contreras.

Contreras added that if the Attorney General's Office determines violations occurred, the district would likely have to implement additional teacher and student training, along with increased student services.

Contreras also said a new interim code of conduct policy is now in place and a task force is evaluating disciplinary policy

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On Friday, Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras answered questions about the Attorney General's investigation into the district. Back in October the district received a subpoena requesting tens of thousands of documents, but as the Superintendent explains, the specific reason behind the investigation has not been revealed.

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