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DOE will open probe into 'Redneck Day' at Queen Creek schools

PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The U.S. Department of Education plans to open an investigation into the Queen Creek School system over a controversial "Redneck Day" celebration.

Civil Rights Activist the Rev. Jarrett Maupin declared "a moral victory" for Arizona's civil rights community in the wake of the announcement. [Click here to read the DOE letter (PDF)]

One of the students wore a Confederate flag at school during the event last spring.

Maupin said the DOE will, "determine the remedy, including moderating conversations between school administrators and civil rights community leaders to shape new policy and racism prevention measures."

Maupin said the black community was "outraged over the controversial celebration," and he and other leaders petitioned U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to intercede on behalf of black and white students "negatively impacted by the racially-insensitive theme."

The DOE will "determine the remedy, including moderating conversations between school administrators and civil rights community leaders to shape new policy and racism prevention measures," Maupin said.

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