Justice Dept. OKs Nettleton school policy

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – Nettleton School District’s new student election policies meet with approval from the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Distict Court records show.
The district changed those policies last year, dropping a practice that used race to determine who was eligible to run for certain elections. The former policies came under fire and prompted a civil rights suit from the Justice Department.
Monday, Senior U.S. Judge Glen H. Davidson signed on a consent order agreed to by the district and Justice Department.
That order outlines the new election policy, which terminates all race-based selection and election procedures for student council offices, homecoming court and superlatives. The new policy was revised Aug. 27, 2010.
To comply with the order, the Nettleton School District must submit to the federal government its yearbooks for each academic year, as well as a copy of the ballots and completed vote tally sheet for each election held in the district.


chris.kieffer@journalinc.com