Denver schools face federal civil rights complaint over ‘black excellence’ pledge

EXCLUSIVE — Denver Public Schools is the subject of a federal civil rights complaint over its alleged requirement that faculty and staff take a “black excellence” pledge, according to the filing.

Education advocacy organization Parents Defending Education filed the complaint against the school district on Tuesday, telling the Department of Education‘s Office for Civil Rights that the pledge is “discriminatory in nature” and has a direct effect on how children learn in school.

“Prioritizing equity over merit puts students on the back burner in Denver Public Schools. Educators and staff in this district are required to pledge their allegiance to ‘black excellence’ as opposed to American values,” PDE’s Vice President Caroline Moore, who filed the complaint, told the Washington Examiner. “The district should be embarrassed for promoting curricula that exemplifies the ‘deep harm whiteness brings to
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