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District 86 Responds to Village of Burr Ridge School Committee OCR Complaint

At the October 1 Committee of the Whole meeting, Board President Bill Carpenter provided the community with the news that the OCR complaint filed by the Village of Burr Ridge School Committee June 1 was dismissed by the Office of Civil Rights on August 24. The Board received word on September 13 that the complaint was dismissed but learned the date of the dismissal from the September 20 response to a FOIA request to the Office of Civil Rights for the letter dismissing the complaint. District 86 had to submit a FOIA request to the Office of Civil Rights because the Village of Burr Ridge School Committee made no effort to publicize the fact that the complaint was dismissed August 24, despite many publicly reported efforts to publicize the complaint when it was originally filed.

Mr. Carpenter then read a statement summarizing the OCR letter dismissing the complaint against District 86 and indicating all the reasons the Office of Civil Rights said the complaint was without merit. Mr. Carpenter’s statement was followed by a detailed rebuttal from Hinsdale South Science Department Chair Dr. Julie Gaubatz and accompanying supporting data on student outcomes. Chief Financial Officer Josh Stephenson then provided the dollar amount of per student spending between each school showing that District 86 spends more per pupil at South.