Federal officials withhold $15M from CPS over sex abuse scandal

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CHICAGO — The U.S. Department of Education is withholding $14.9 million from Chicago Public Schools.

According to a new report from the Chicago Tribune, the Department of Education is freezing grant money for the Magnet Schools Assistance Program.

This comes after recent Tribune stories that included details of CPS failing to protect students from sexual violence.

The Department of Education sent a letter to the Tribune saying the lack of action by CPS violates Title IX. TLhe department is blocking funds until CPS officials can prove they have appropriately responded to claims about failing to report abuse.

CPS told the Tribune it complied with all requests and has taken steps to respond to and prevent abuse.

CPS released the following statement Friday morning: "The Trump Administration’s move to threaten funding for schools that serve children of color is another attack on Chicago considering CPS has already taken significant steps recommended by an independent expert to transform the way it responds to and prevents abuse. We are working tirelessly to address this pervasive societal challenge and safeguard our students — including by cooperating with the Department of Education — and it is hard to believe that any administration committed to providing low-income and minority students with real opportunity would be able to stomach the threats the Trump Administration is making."

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