Civil Rights Groups Seek Info on Manchester Schools Efforts to Address Racial Inequity

Aug 23, 2017

Eric Jackson (left), President of the Manchester NAACP, was joined by representatives from state and local teachers unions, the Granite State Organizing Project, and the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union.
Credit Jason Moon for NHPR

Civil rights groups are filing a formal right-to-know request with the Manchester school district.

Speaking from the steps of city hall, Manchester NAACP president Eric Jackson said the school district hasn’t been transparent enough about its efforts to address racial inequities.

A 2014 report from the federal Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights found that black and Latino students were disproportionately underrepresented in the district's Advanced Placement courses.

“Sadly, the failure of the Manchester school district and school board to provide regular, meaningful updates on the progress and status of the resolution agreement makes it impossible to assist,” said Jackson.

Jackson was joined by representatives from several other groups including teachers unions and the New Hampshire ACLU.

In a written statement, Manchester superintendent Bolgen Vargas said the district has made progress in addressing the report’s findings but that there is more work to be done.