Complaint filed against Knox County Schools

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A discrimination complaint has been filed against Knox County Schools alleging African-American students and those with disabilities are disciplined more harshly than other students.

The University of Tennessee College of Law Education Law Practicum, along with local education and civil rights advocates, recently filed the complaint with the U.S. Department of Education.

The complaint uses the latest suspension and arrest data that Knox County Schools submitted to the department in 2012.

The data show that African-American students and students with disabilities are more likely to be disciplined and referred to law enforcement than their white, non-disabled peers.

The complaint asks the federal government to investigate the alleged practices.

A representative with Knox County Schools did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press on Tuesday.