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Parents upset over minority pep talks

January 22, 2009 8:00:20 AM PST
Parents of black and Latino students at Camden County's Eastern Regional High School say the school may have been discriminating by scheduling a series of pep talks just for minority students. Administrators say there was nothing ominous about the 10-minute meetings last week. They say the idea was to encourage black and Latino students to sign up for advanced placement and honors classes, where they are underrepresented.

But parents say the approach was all wrong. All black and Latino students were required to attend one of the sessions - regardless of their academic performance. White students were exempted.

Several parents complained to the school board on Wednesday.

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Information from: Courier-Post, http://www.courierpostonline.com/

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