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Beacon Settles Civil Right Complaint With Ex-School Board President

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BEACON, N.Y. -- A federal civil rights complaint filed against the Beacon City School District by a former district president is expected to soon be settled, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal.

The school district in December approved a plan to correct what former District President Melissa Thompson has claimed to be the improper treatment of her son because of his mixed race and her position on the school board, according to the Journal, which reported that the teen identifies as African American.

According to the Journal, Thompson has claimed that her son, who graduated from Beacon High School in June, was removed from the National Honor Society and lost out on possible athletic scholarships because one of his teachers failed to acknowledge his 504 plan, a document that is to ensure a specific set of services are provided to a student with a disability.

While the district intends to provide additional training to its teachers who instruct students with disabilities, Thompson said she is unsure how the district plans to specifically assist her son, who now attends a junior college , according to the Journal.

Click here to read the report from the Poughkeepsie Journal .

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