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Group files complaint against IE2 school program

SUWANEE -- A group of parents in Gwinnett County filed a civil rights complaint this week against Gwinnett County Schools, according to a news release from the organization.

Officials with the Gwinnett Parent Coalition to Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline, or STOPP, are asking the U.S. Department of Education to investigate the IE2 program for what they said were discriminatory practices against certain students.

An official with Gwinnett County Public Schools, however, told school board members recently that "schools are doing an excellent job" in the state-level partnership intended to provide flexibility at the local level.

Steven Flynt, an associate superintendent with the system, presented a progress report regarding the IE2 partnership during Thursday's board of education work session.

In addition to flexibility, he said the partnership is designed to identify "additional accountability and defined consequences if we don't meet goals."

Flynt said that 91 percent of the district's schools met evaluation criteria, which was reviewed by the Governor's Office of Student Achievement. That number included 66 elementary schools, 20 middle and 15 high schools, for a total of 101 schools. The number did not include alternative schools and facilities opened after 2008.