The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware recently received the third interim report from the special master who was appointed as a part of the settlement agreement in Coalition for Education Reform, et al v. Indian River School District. A copy of this report can be found here.
Tom McDonald, a partner in the Vorys Washington, D.C. office and former U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe, served pro bono as lead counsel for all of the plaintiffs the Coalition for Education Reform since the start of this matter.
The case, which is a civil rights case of national consequence, centered around the district's George Washington Carver Academy, a public school located in Frankfort, Delaware. The lawsuit alleged that this academy has been operated by the Indian River School District as a segregated dumping ground for African-American males ages 3 to 18 in the same school building. According to our research, over 1,000 African-American male students had been forced through this segregated public school over the last 20 years. The agreed upon special master has been appointed to make sure that the Indian River School District follows through with the remedies outlined in the consent order (full order is available here) and doesn't return to this discriminatory conduct/policies.