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Civil Rights Team Project On Hold

October 18, 2002

Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education has voted to put the Civil Rights Team Project on hold until a newly formed fact finding taskforce can further study the initiative.  

“We have asked State Schools Superintendent David Stewart to contact all county superintendents in an effort to halt this project,” said Board President Howard Persinger. “The Board wants to have all the facts before making a decision on whether to support this initiative.”  

The Civil Rights Team Project was introduced into West Virginia schools by the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office in 1999. Since then, approximately 20 schools across the state have participated in the initiative.  

“We are very concerned with protecting all of our students,” said Persinger. “However, the Civil Rights Team Project has generated some very serious concerns about how initiatives enter our schools without the Board’s knowledge and what these initiatives endorse.”  

The taskforce, which will study the design and implementation of the Civil Rights Team Project, will be made up of Board members and staff from the Department of Education.  

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