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Complaints alleging racial bias in one of Ohio’s largest school systems have drawn the attention of federal education officials.

In a Monday e-mail to The Blade newspaper of Toledo, a U.S. Department of Education spokesman said it’s investigating whether the city’s school district provides black students equal access to resources for preparing for college and careers.

Parents of black students say few college prep courses are offered at a predominantly black high school compared to other schools they describe as “identifiably” white. Several groups of parents filed a civil rights complaint with the Education Department last year.

School district officials deny there’s any racial discrimination in the way classes are provided.

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