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DODEA Schools Push Back on Pentagon Probe Finding Fault in Classroom Discrimination Reporting

April 26, 2024

John Vandiver

Stars and Stripes

A report released by the Defense Department's Inspector General April 22, 2024, says that instances of discriminatory conduct in the DOD school system are likely underreported and that the Department of Defense Education Activity needs stringent policies to better track cases of discrimination. DODEA disagreed with most of the findings. (Jennifer H. Svan/Stars and Stripes)

By John Vandiver, Stars and Stripes / April 25, 2024

Discriminatory conduct at Defense Department schools is underreported and stronger policies are needed to better track cases of bad conduct, DOD investigators concluded in a new report.

Policy gaps hinder the Department of Defense Education Activity’s ability to identify the extent of discriminatory actions in its schools, the report found.

 “Discriminatory behavior undermines the values of fairness, equality, and respect. When discrimination is underreported, it can perpetuate harmful practices, erode trust and create a hostile environment,” the department’s inspector general, Robert Storch, said in a statement released Monday.

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