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Muriel Bowser‘s plan for a school for minority youth now has the blessing of Attorney General Karl Racine. After a bruising February fight over the program’s legality, Racine writes in a new letter to Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh that the school won’t violate Title IX restrictions on gender-based schooling.
Disputes over the $15 million proposed school to be located somewhere east of the Anacostia River sparked a fight between Bowser and Cheh, who asked Racine for a legal opinion on Title IX liability last month. Cheh says she supports the idea behind D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson‘s “Empowering Males of Color” initiative, but wants equal resources for girls. Cheh asked for Racine’s opinion on the school in an open letter, a move that didn’t endear her to Bowser.
In his letter, Racine says the school and related programs clear Title IX requirements because they’re based on an “important public objective,” without affecting programs for minority girls. Bowser spokeswoman LaToya Foster says the mayor plans to move forward with the initiative.