U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education has reached an agreement with Lee County schools to make sure African-American students have equal access to advanced courses.

   The department announced Tuesday that the agreement with the east Alabama school system is the first of its kind in Alabama. It comes after the department found that advanced math was offered in the seventh grade at the county's predominantly white middle schools but was not offered at the predominantly African-American middle school.


The Huntsville City School District is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Education over claims of harassment.

Officials say a JROTC instructor at Grissom High School told students that homosexuality is sinful.

GLBT Advocacy and Youth Services, an Alabama nonprofit, filed a complaint with the Department of Education in October.

In their complaint, the organization says the school district failed to prevent and stop harassment.

The school district received a letter from the department of education this week.