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Cincy NAACP complains on school jobs



Published: Tue, January 12, 2010 @ 9:48 a.m.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Some Cincinnati civil rights leaders are demanding more work for blacks on public school construction projects.

Members of the NAACP and a Baptist ministers group warned at a school board meeting Monday night that they would oppose future tax levies if minority contracting figures aren’t improved.

School officials say nearly 12 percent of the $704 million spent so far on a sweeping school-rebuilding effort has gone to minority-owned companies. But Christopher Smitherman, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People local president, and others, contend the district is overstating things.

While disagreeing with the NAACP estimates, school leaders agreed to make a good-faith effort to do better on black participation.


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