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NAACP investigates Hazelwood Board of Education

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(KMOV)- The St. Louis NAACP is investigating the Hazelwood School District Board of Education for evidence of discrimination and construction fraud.

The NAACP points to a board policy that restricts the district to hiring workers from white-dominated apprentice programs for construction projects.

Of 16,000 regional participants in these apprenticeship programs in 2009, only about 500 were minorities and less than 100 were women, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Region 5 Office of the Employment and Training Administration.

The NAACP is also asking the board to establish a policy that encourages local workforce utilization of North St. Louis County residents, along with a pre-apprenticeship recruitment program for the district’s minority and female student populations.

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