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Schools Struggle to Meet New Race Labeling Rules

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington school districts are struggling with a new federal requirement to gather more specific information on the ethnicity of their students.

And some are not sure what to do about the way school officials are being encouraged to guess when parents don't supply race information.

Federal Way Superintendent Tom Murphy calls the new policy for next school year bizarre.

For years, parents have been asked to identify the race and ethnicity of their children. But now the federal government has changed the rules, eliminating the choices of "unknown,"
"multiracial," or "declined to answer."

The forms are more specific now, with dozens more choices if a child is Latino or Asian. Washington's form has nearly 70 ethnic choices.

 

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