Scales of justice

Laramie County School District No. 1 is under federal investigation for allegations of sexual and disability discrimination, an administrator confirmed last week.

Details on the investigation are scant: The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights handles the cases and provides no details on them, other than to confirm their existence, while the investigations are active.

According to the office, Laramie County 1 had an investigation opened on April 9 that involves sex discrimination — specifically sexual harassment — and disability discrimination. The disability aspects are related to discipline, admissions and recruitment, retaliation and FAPE, or the requirement that a district provide free, appropriate public education.

J.P. Denning, the district’s director of special education, confirmed that the office is investigating a single complaint. He could not comment on when the incident happened, whether it involved a student or whether the district had heard about an issue before the federal investigators became involved.

He said providing those details could reveal private student information.

The district joins a number of Wyoming educational institutions in facing scrutiny from the federal government. Natrona County School District has been under a Title IX investigation for sexual violence for nearly two years. The University of Wyoming is facing an investigation for sexual violence and retaliation, as is Northwest Community College.

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Education and Health Reporter

Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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