CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The National Action Network is calling for the U.S. Department of Education to take over the Charleston County School District.
The civil rights organization made its demand during a news conference outside school district headquarters on Calhoun Street Thursday morning.
NAN says the district is discriminating against black students when it comes to a quality education.
Officials say only five percent of Charleston County's black students met the requirements for the SAT test compared to 47 percent of white students.
They also say black students are being expelled at a higher percentage than white students. During the 2015 school year, 41 black students were expelled, while only one white student was.
"National Action Network will not give up on this. This is our number one endeavor, to see that the department of education take over the school district because they are not educating all kids," state NAN President Elder James Johnson said.
"National Action Network is declaring a state of emergency and requesting that the Justice Department be summoned to conduct an immediate investigation into the discriminatory practices against African Americans in Charleston County School District," NAN state advisor Radana Scott said.
We have reached out to the school district to a response to the National Action Network's allegations.